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Supreme Court Judge Criticises Registrar General Over Citizenship

Supreme Court judge, Justice Nicholas Mathonsi, has criticised registrar-general Clemence Masango for denying returning Zimbabweans citizenship status.

His remarks came after a 66-year-old Kadoma farmer, Christina Janet Veitch, who was born and bred in Zimbabwe while it was still Southern Rhodesia, had her identity card forfeited by the Registrar-General’s office. She left the country and returned in 1987.

Veitch has been living in Zimbabwe, but when she visited the Registrar-General’s office in Kadoma in 2017, the officials reportedly refused to confirm her citizenship arguing she must prove her status and entitlement. Matonsi noted:

It has not been suggested in this case that if indeed the applicant was a Zimbabwean citizen at some point, such citizenship was ever revoked for any reason.

Neither had it been suggested that there would be any cause for revocation.

All that has happened in this case is that the respondent (Masango) has been intransigent and without conducting any meaningful investigation of the applicant’s status

It is disappointing that the matter of such magnitude involving the constitutional rights of a fairly elderly person has been allowed to come this far without officialdom appearing to care.

The judge added that the way the case was being handled has implications on foreign direct investment the development of the economy. He added that it was necessary for officers who handled the case have a self-analysis.

The judge ruled that Veitch was entitled to Zimbabwean citizenship and a passport.

More: The Standard

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One Comment on “Supreme Court Judge Criticises Registrar General Over Citizenship

  1. Well done judge!
    I am failing to understand Masango and his actions. The only explanation I can think of is racism. Why else would he cause such misery to a 66 year old. I think he just hates whites. Tell you what, Masango: You now have to live with the fact that there are people who are 100% Zimbabwean but with a different skin colour. Blame it on our ancestors who didn’t develop powerful war weapons in time (like them we still aren’t making anything). The people you are taking it out on had nothing to do with the settlers settling here. They are like you. They just found themselves in this s**tshow.

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