Registrar General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede agreed to issue a passport to Zimbabwean journalist Violet Gonda, who was denied a passport last week because she was blacklisted.
Gonda, who returned to Zimbabwe early this year after spending 17 years in the United Kingdom is among several Zimbabweans blacklisted by Government. She recently applied for a passport, but Mr Mudede denied her the document on the basis that she is blacklisted although she had paid the passport fees. On Monday Mudede filed a notice of opposition at the High Court in which he climbed down on his office’s earlier position and agreed to issue Gonda a passport.
He accused Gonda of rushing to court without exhausting all the available remedies. Gonda filed her application at the High Court on August 28, in which she cited Mr Mudede and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage as respondents. She wanted the court to compel Mudede to issue her with a Zimbabwean passport and declare that Mr Mudede’s conduct violated her rights, citing various sections of the Constitution to prove her case.
Violet Gonda is a Zimbabwean journalist based in London, United Kingdom. She interviewed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former US President Jimmy Carter, former Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Joseph Chinotimba, political sociologist and leading contemporary scholar in the field of democracy studies Larry Diamond and... Read More About Violet Gonda
Tobaiwa Mudede is the country's Registrar General of Zimbabwe since 1985 and author to the controversial book ,Genetically Modified Organism(GMOs) and Population Control Drugs in Developing Countries. He hogged the limelight in several instances such as voter registration and the use of contraception by local... Read More About Tobaiwa Mudede