Malawi dual citizenship, President orders Justice Minister to draft  legislation

President Peter Mutharika has said he has ordered his Justice minister Samuel Tembenu to draft a dual citizenship legislation to allow Malawians stuck in diaspora come back home and invest.

President Peter Mutharika : Malawi dual citizenship on the cards

President Peter Mutharika : Malawi dual citizenship on the cards

Mutharika told the state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation that the ministry of Justice is currently working on the legislation which will enable Malawians hold dual citizenship.

The President said he will live to his promise he made in parliament romise that government will review dual citizenship law.

“We are currently drafting the legislation, very soon we will have the legislation. This will be possible because we want Malawians in diaspora to come to Malawi,” he said.

On the country’s economy, Mutharika said although the kwacha has stabilised, the inflation and high interest rates remain high.

“We are working on these,” said Mutharika.

He could however not give a difinite answer as to when exactly the economy is expected to be back on his feet.

However he said the government is is luring more investors as way of giving dosage to the sick economy so that it can recover.

“There is no way the economy can improve without investment. I can assure Malawians that we are putting thge structures in place to put the economy back,” he said.

Some sections of the society have blamed the president for chartering a presidential jet when the economy is on sick bed and most ordinary Malawians do not know when they will get their next meal and public hospitals continue to turn back sick people due to lack of drugs.

Mutharika recently chartered a South African plane to Ethiopia where he received a doctorate. Mustafa Hussein, lecturer at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, described the president’s actions as regrettable.

Due to the ailing state of Malawi’s economy, Mutharika has been forced to utilise passenger planes in recent times, with his bag having gone missing during one of his international trips.

The President’s comments also come at a time when electricity and water continue to be a night mare.

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Malawi dual citizenship, President orders Justice Minister to draft  legislation”

  1. Mtendere says:

    Kodi anthu amene muli kunjanu mukamabwera ku Malalwi mumati mukupita kunja? Dual citizenship or not; tisaiwale kuti kwanu n’kwanu, m’thengo mudalaka njoka. Ine zonse zikukambimbidwa apazi toto, ndakana. Most of those who do not want to visit Malawi have other pressing issues such as economical, adasiya milandu, ndi zina zosatchulika pano. Kwanutu ndi kumenete udadukira mchombo!

    1. Jay says:

      I know you are entitled to your opinion but that was a very negative, backward and spiteful. Madonor ku Malawi akutisiya ndalama tilibe! Tizitenga kuti? Anthu amene mukuwanenawo antha kuthandiza ndi zinthu, kutseghula ma business awo ndi kuwapasa anthu nchito. Where is the negative in that?

  2. fwendenge says:

    kudos dpp this piece of legislature was due yesterday, let us move with. only the myopic will view this move with a pinch of salt. you have my clans’ vote already bagged be assured.

    fwendenge

  3. china says:

    GOOD JOB PETER MUTHARIKA.YOU HAVE MY VOTE FOR 2019 IF THIS LEGISLATION IS IN PLACE SOON.I WILL BE COMING HOME TO INVEST .

  4. xxxccc says:

    Its not the question of Malawians in diaspora but the big man wants to protect the citizenship on the other side of the coin. Its a personal scheme.

  5. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Bwana you did not do proper research on this issue.

    Please, talk to Major1 after all he is the only person who has demonstrated great passion to be part of poor Malawians. The rest of you are either stealing from us or shielding thieves so that they are arrested.

    In future I will talk to Major 1, Bushiri to borrow you his jet when there is need to travel

  6. Eduardo Happy says:

    Bravo APM! We needed this piece of legislation yesterday especially some of us who love soccer. If this legislation is passed, it means Europe based soccer stars who are of Malawian origin can then play for Malawi. Remember the issue of Tamika Mkandawire? This is how countries like Senegal, Angola, Ivory Coast built strong teams. For example, Didier Drogba opted to play for Ivory Coast at the expense of France; so too did Elhaji Diouf etc.

  7. Mwananyanian says:

    APM and his DPP are slowly but surely ticking off, one by one, the points they promised during the last election. And, this is but one example.
    It should be pointed out, however, that this is not a political winner, as by far, the majority of voters in this country of ours would care less about dual citizenship. Simply does not apply too them. But, there is definitely a small percentage of people who would feel more “secure” and be able to engage in economic activities if they had a Malawian passport. Anything to enhance the investment environment.
    There are other prerequisites, however, that would need to be satisfied: like winning the fight against corruption and bureaucratic inertia, as well as enhancing public security. Without these conditions, APM may as well forget it: dual citizenship will mean nothing; certainly in terms of financial investments. Potential investors will want to know they can come home whenever they want, and enjoy the fruits of their capital. Without fearing for their lives, even inside their homes, or vacation cottages at the lake.

  8. C Banda says:

    Surely lack of dual citizenship is NOT a stumbling block for Malawians in diaspora returning to Malawi? A Malawian with UK citizenship (say) can come back and apply for a permanent resident permit if they have renounced Malawian citizenship.The difference is status between a citizen and a PRP holder is not very much for most people.

  9. Chambe says:

    Who wants people from Diaspora? Malawi has survived and still continues to do so in the absence of these people. Most of these people are straggling to make ends meet out there and have no dime to invest here at home. Some have even failed to contribute to even building of a church or even a house at the villages where they came from. When they die there in RSA, UK or US, poor folks contribute money to repatriate the remains of their friend back to their same old poor village where the deceased find it in the same condition they had left it.

    1. Nambewe says:

      You are one hell of a negative man! you actually demonstrate that you don’t under stand what is happening to malawiansoin the discussion

  10. Ine mu diaspora says:

    Although multiple citizenship is the way to go in this global world malawians will not invest at home if corruption and personalised politics remain order of the day. Please clean up that little country first

  11. Bwampini says:

    The reason we’re not coming or even remitting funds home has nothing to do with dual citizenship. It’s our dissatisfaction with tribalism, corruption, nepotism and bad governance.

    When your brother was president we were proud to be Malawian.We came home on holiday to spend our sterling, we remitted funds through registered banks because we felt compelled to help your brother transform our country in every little way possible.

    This time around there is nothing worth caring for. Dual citizenship or no dual citizenship l don’t feel party to that country any more.

    1. Kingster Bella says:

      A Bwampini!
      Either you’re not a Malawian as you claim to be or you’re a Malawian but not living outside Africa. If you’re indeed a Malawian living in UK, then it means you’re illegal or the best, you’re not a citizen of that country yet, if at all you’ll.
      For all Malawians holding other countries’ passports (Nationalities) thus outside Africa, dual citizenship legislation is a very big deal. The current citizenship law is one of the most primitive, archaic & punitive for nothing. So funny! Poorest countries clinging to archaic laws that bring nothing for national interest. SHAME!!
      Look at how Indians, Filipinos or Nigerians living in the West help inject into the economies of their motherlands.
      For this one a lone, I will support Peter Mutharika. Bravo Peter!!

      1. Nambewe says:

        Well said Kingster!Join the discussion

    2. Philosophucal Obsever says:

      Palibe amene akukusowa palibenso akukuitana.Zikhala konko ndi Sterling yakoyo

    3. Nambewe says:

      A Bwampini, he is not stopping you from doing what you are doing now he is simply giving a chance to those who find it difficult because having become a citizen in diaspora they have lost their rights in Malawi! You carry on doing what you want to but those of us who want to use this chance to invest freely will do so!Join the discussion

  12. The Analyst says:

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    A PEOPLE LOST AT SEA

    Is there anyone else, besides APM;
    . . . who thinks that people in the diaspora are failing to invest in Malawi coz of citizenship issues?
    This kind and level of thinking is quite basic and strange, respectively!
    …………………………………………………………………………..
    Truth is, investors are rational beings or assumed to be so. Thus . . .
    . . . No any sane or rational investor would invest in an economy where real returns are negative as inflation is consistently higher than investment rate of returns. Observe!
    . . . No one will bring their foreign currency for investment when the exchange rate has more periods of volatility than stability. There is too much uncertainty in our economy; and uncertainty = risk.
    . . . No one wants to take their money into an economy where they would have to first bribe a bunch of govt officials just to acquire a business licence or something that looks or smells like it.

    And if you look at any of these issues; has nothing whatsoever to do with dual-citizenship issue.
    ………………………………………………………………………….
    Unless we know and understand our problems, we will not ably come up with right and practical solutions.
    . . . Coz just by lending an ear to APM and hearing the motivation for the dual-citizenship issue; one thing is very clear – we are a people; lost at sea, as the captain seems just as blank.
    . . . Yet if APM just fixes such socio-macroeconomic variables as inflation, interest rates, budget deficit, corruption etc, confidence will rise and investors will effortlessly come knocking/banging on our doors.
    . . . Ask the neighbours!
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    1. thinktank says:

      It’s good developmmemt for investment by malawians abroad.Most malawians give up their citizenship not beacuse it’s “cool” to do so but to provide future for their kids.Just travel around USA,uk,etc;while there are sad stories of malawians suffering and acting irresponsible and forget motherland in the process,there are equally rich and/or educated malawians who cant invest and run big businesses in malawi when they have given up their citizenship.Dual citizenship will help malawi.Any one who believes that malawi should be developed by malawians ,should applaud this legislative effort.

      1. The Analyst says:

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        Why do you wish to portray as if these people are at pains to renounce their Malawian citizenship?
        . . . And does one have to be a citizen of Malawi in order to invest in Malawi?
        . . . Is it true then, that the guys cant invest here coz they had given up their Malawian citizenship?
        Ok, perhaps the dual citizenship will enhance their sense of belonging; but . . .
        . . . do you suppose they will be happy to feel belonging more to Malawi or wherever they are?
        . . . And do we suppose they will feel attached to Malawi more with the citizenship than the fact that they were born in Malawi (or something like that)?
        …………………………………………………………………………..
        The bottom line is, there is no correlation between the dual citizenship issue or lack thereof; and investment or lack thereof; by Malawians in diaspora.
        . . . Lack of money (by these guys) and/or confidence in Malawi’s economy, plus limited and uncertain economic opportunities are the reasons. osati za citizenship zo iai; thus APM (or whoever advises him), is clearly misthinking here.
        O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

        1. pido says:

          Green Card Issue. Can someone fail to invest in Malawi just because he has no dual citizenship Za umbuli izi. Can Peter tell us the demerits of dual citizenship

  13. Gogodasi says:

    Mr. President, please be honest with yourself. The new legislation is not designed for the reason you have given us, but rather to protect Kumpalume who has a British passport and yourself so that after office you could reclaim your green card and go back to America.No Malawians in diaspora are willing to come to invest in Malawi. Once this legislation is passed in Parliament it will not be Malawians benefiting from it, but foreigners, particularly Indians,Pakistanis and Chinese – mark my words. This move will deprive many Malawians many opportunities like land acquisition and monopolizing businesses which are already hot issues at the moment.

  14. memo says:

    So that he can now get back his green card. This law will be abused by Pakistanis, Nigerians etc knowing how carrupt DPP officials.

    1. Onyata obwino says:

      This legislation is crucial for Malawi. These days there are Malawians who want to take money from diaspora and invest in their home country. Unlike foreigners, these Malawians in diaspora not only do they understand the culture, business environment in Malawi but also have got people (relatives and friends) on the ground to help the businesses take off. We needed this some 10 years ago.
      Good job APM

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