Former Rugby Player David Pocock Renounces His Zimbabwean Citizenship

Zimbabwean-born former International Rugby player David Pocock recently renounced his Zimbabwean citizenship becoming solely a citizen of Australia to run as an independent candidate for the Senate at this year's Australian federal election.

David Pocock and his family relocated to Brisbane, Australia, in 2002, after their farm in Gweru was taken in the Zimbabwean government’s land reform. In 2012, David Pocock moved to Canberra to play rugby for the ACT Brumbies and the Australian Wallabies.


As any migrant knows, giving up citizenship is a huge thing. But I love this community, and I want to do what I can to have the opportunity to represent the people of Canberra. Zimbabwe will always be a special place to me. I have been involved in community development, agriculture, and conservation projects there over the years, and it will always be part of who I am. But Canberra is my home, and I want to represent a community I love.

Said David Pocock in a statement seen by Greedysouth.

This is consistent Australian Constitution, which restricts a candidate from running for federal parliament with citizenship other than Australian.


David Pocock Renounces His Zimbabwean Citizenship
David Pocock - Image from davidpocock.com.au

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