Registrar ordered to reinstate Ncube’s Citizenship (26-1-07)

THE High Court ordered the registrar general to reinstate the
citizenship of publisher of Zimbabwe's remaining independent papers
The Standard and The Independent Trevor Ncube and issue him a new passport.
Trevor Ncube, who also publishes South Africa's Mail and Guardian, was
str

ipped of his citizenship and denied a new passport last year on the
grounds that he was a Zambian citizen by descent. Zimbabwean law prohibits
dual citizenship.
In a ruling on later yesterday, Judge Chinembiri Bhunu said there was
no legal justification to deny Ncube citizenship or the travel document
and ordered Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede to give Ncube a passport and
not to interfere with his use of it.
“It is accordingly ordered that (Ncube) is a citizen of Zimbabwe by
birth… the withdrawal or cancellation of his citizenship is unlawful,
null, void and of no force or effect,” Bhunu said.
The ruling came after Ncube’s lawyer Stanford Moyo urged the court to
restore his client’s Zimbabwean citizenship, saying that he was of
Zambian ancestry but had never taken out Zambian citizenship.

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