Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act
- Commenced on 1 December 1984
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 4:01].
Part II – Registrar-General of Citizenship
3. Registrar-General of Citizenship
Part III – Acquisition of citizenship by registration
4. Applications for registration of persons of full age and sound mind
5. Applications for registration of persons under legal disabilityIf the responsible parent or guardian or other lawful representative of a person under legal disability who is not entitled in terms of subsection (3) of section 7 of the Constitution to be registered as a citizen of Zimbabwe—
6. Rejected applications and applications from former citizens not to be considered for two years
8. Certificates of registrationA person who becomes a citizen of Zimbabwe after taking the oath of loyalty in terms of section seven or subsection (5) of section 7 of the Constitution shall be issued with a certificate of registration as a citizen of Zimbabwe, which certificate shall be in the form prescribed.
Part IV – Prohibition of dual citizenship and renunciation, deprivation, loss and restoration of citizenship
9. Prohibition of dual citizenship
9A. Special procedure for renunciation of citizenship by certain persons
10. Renunciation of citizenship
11. Deprivation of citizenship
12. Children of persons deprived of citizenship
13. Loss of citizenship through absence from Zimbabwe
14. Restoration of citizenship
Part V – General
15. Citizenship of women not affected by marriageA married woman shall, subject to this Act and Chapter II of the Constitution, be capable of acquiring, losing, divesting herself of and being deprived of, citizenship of Zimbabwe in all respects as if she were an unmarried woman of full age.
16. Minister not required to give reasons for decisionsThe Minister shall not be required to give reasons for his refusal to grant or approve any application made in terms of this Act.
17. Honorary citizens
18. Certificates of citizenship in certain cases
19. Minister may extend periods
21. Offences and penalties
22. Regulatory powers of Minister
23. Transitional provision: non-citizen office-holdersWhere the holder of any office or post is required by any enactment to be a citizen of Zimbabwe, the person who held such office or post immediately before the 1st December, 1984, shall, notwithstanding the provisions of such enactment, continue to be qualified to hold it if the Minister responsible for the administration of the enactment concerned certifies in writing that he is a proper person to hold such office or post.
History of this document
01 December 1984