Lawyers dump Mudede again

Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede has changed lawyers for the third time in five months in a matter in which he faces jail for allegedly defying a High Court order.

Tobaiwa Mudede
Tobaiwa Mudede

Dumped by the Attorney General’s Office, Mudede had sought the services of private law firm Mushonga, Mutsvairo and Associates.

But they too, have announced they no longer act on his behalf, Mudede has now engaged Mudenda Attorneys as his latest lawyers. He is battling to ward off the possibility of jail as well as defend why he has failed to renew Canadian-based

Zimbabwean citizen, Sebastian Piroro’s passport as ordered by High Court Judge Justice Susan Mavangira in March.

Another High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, last week reserved judgment on Piroro’s application. Piroro wants Mudede to be jailed for 90 days for defying Justice Mavangira’s order.

His lawyer, Bryant Elliot of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, argued that his client’s application for contempt of court should be urgently set down for hearing because he needed to travel for work and his failure to fulfil his job obligations could soon result in loss of employment.

Piroro was born and educated in Zimbabwe and had sought to renew his passport at the Zimbabwean embassy in Ottawa. The travelling document was issued in 2000 and expired last year. But in response Mudede refused, alleging that Piroro was a dual citizen on account of his father having been born in Mozambique.

Mudede said Piroro should first renounce Mozambican citizenship – which he does not hold – before he could obtain a new Zimbabwe passport. Piroro’s father, Saidon, was born in Mozambique.

He migrated to Zimbabwe around 1955 and never returned to Mozambique. He became a citizen of Zimbabwe by registration and had a Zimbabwean identity number.

Piroro’s mother, born in Marondera, was a citizen of Zimbabwe by birth. Justice Mavangira ruled that Piroro was a citizen of Zimbabwe by birth in terms of Section 5 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. – ZLHR Legal Monitor

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