BY AUSTIN KARONGA

IN A landmark ruling delivered at the High Court yesterday, fathers will now be able to apply for birth certificates for their children born out of wedlock even in the absence of the mothers.  

High Court judge, Justice Owen Tagu ordered the Registrar of Births and Deaths to allow fathers to register birth certificates for their children in the absence of their mothers.  

“Justice Tagu has ordered the Registrar of Birth and Death registration to allow fathers to apply for and obtain birth certificates for their children born out of wedlock if the mothers deserted or abandoned their children,” the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum said yesterday. 

“The judgment, which was handed down yesterday, came after Bernard Tashu together with the child rights activist Petronella Nyamapfene approached the High Court to compel the registrar to comply with the Birth and Death Registration Act which allows the fathers to apply for birth certificates for their children in circumstances where the mother abandoned or deserted the child. 

“The registrar was refusing fathers to secure birth certificates of their children without a marriage certificate or without the mother of the child.”  

Tashu was represented by the child rights lawyer Pamela Musimwa of the Justice for Children, whilst Nyamapepfene was represented by Darlington Marange of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum. – Daily News