Dual citizenship case in court

HARARE - A Harare man has been arrested at the Harare International Airport for contravening the Citizenship Act after he was found in possession of a British and Zimbabwean passport.

Kennedy Moyo, 40, of Harare’s Highfield suburb has now appeared before magistrate Don Ndirowei for contravening Section 21 (3) of the Citizenship Act, Chapter 4:01 (prohibition of dual citizenship).

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

The court heard Moyo, who is represented by Obey Shava, was arrested while intending to leave for the United Kingdom.
Prosecutor Innocent Chingarande told the court detectives at the airport got a tip-off to the effect that Moyo was in possession of several passports.

The police detectives approached Moyo and searched him, recovering a Zimbabwean diplomatic passport, a British passport and an expired Zimbabwean travel document.

According to state papers, investigations revealed that Moyo had acquired the British passport and started using it in July last year, yet his Zimbabwean passport had not expired.

Prosecutor Chingarande told the court Moyo had no right to make use of a foreign passport without permission from the relevant authorities.

Magistrate Ndirowei deferred the matter to October 25 for sentence. - Tendai Kamhungira

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