Malawians in US hail dual citizenship legislation

Malawians living in the United States have welcomed  President Peter Mutharika’s order to  Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu to draft new dual citizenship legislation, saying it is a step in the right direction which could see them contributing towards the growth of the country’s economy.

Malawians in US at Ambassador's official residence

Malawians in US at Ambassador’s official residence

Malawians in Texas Organisation (Mito) and Malawians in Washington Association (MWA), in  statement seen by Nyasa Times,  say the dual citizenship will promote economic and capital investments in the country.

“It is imperative that this great initiative moves forward so that both Malawians at home and abroad can benefit from an ever expanding global society,” reads the statement in part co-signed by Malawians in Texas Chairperson Agness Nkhata  and  Sitinga Kachipande  of Malawians in Washington .

South African-based legal scholar Danwood Chirwa added his voice to the debate by saying there is need for dual citizenship to be recognised as it makes it possible for people with multi-national identities to retain those identities. He said it also makes it possible for such people to fulfill obligations to the countries they are affiliated to.

The Malawi Constitution does not allow Malawian citizens and foreign nationals of Malawian descent above the age of 18 to hold dual citizenship, according to the Malawi Citizenship and Immigration Act of 1966.

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BEST BUY MALAWIAN
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BEST BUY MALAWIAN
1 month 21 days ago
AYI. LIGULITSENI DZIKO WITH THEM DUAL CITIZENSHIPS. THIS WILL ONLY BENEFIT THE OVER POPLATED ASIAN NATIONS, THE CROOKED ARAB CRIMINALS. BECAUSE INORDER TO DEVELOP ANY LAND, ONE HAS TO BE IN THE COUNTRY . AMALAWI MUKUDZINAMIZA. THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AFRICANS LIVE ON THE CONTINENT. GO ASK PATRICE MOTSEPE OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY NIGERIAN WHO IS WEALTHY OR ANY BUSINESS MAN LIKE MR MIA. OSAMANAMA. KOMA AYI. DZILOTANI. MUKAPEZA MA LAND REFROMS SPONSORED BY YOUR SO CALLED POLITICIANS FOR SALE. LET HIM WHO HAS EARS HEAR
Mapwevupwevu
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Mapwevupwevu
1 month 23 days ago

A person should not hold allegiance to two countries! What if those two countries waged war against one another mudzasankha kuti?

Pangani adopt citizenship ya maiko a mkaka ndi uchi munapitako we dont need you here. Ngati pano simutumizira cash abale anu ndiye how will your dual citizenship bring development to the country?

Chim
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Chim
1 month 22 days ago

When two countries are at war, dual nationality shouldn’t apply. That is one clause there should be in the new act and constition.

Chim
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Chim
1 month 23 days ago

That is tbe way to go. We are at least finally heading into the right direction.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
1 month 24 days ago
Dual citizenship legislation is welcome,but on the other hand,Malawians must be on the lookout for Asians of Chinese,Idian and Pakistan descent who are most likely to violate the legislation to their advantage.Right now, these people have smuggled out billions of dollars from African countries sometimes under the watch of the corrupt highly placed government officials and their associates.However,if the legislation can be implemented in good and patriotic manners,it will benefit our citizens and the nation.The problem that we are facing now,is the fragile trust the people of Malawi have on their corrupt President and his servile puppies.Already,millions of dollars in… Read more »
Malawi 4 All
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Malawi 4 All
1 month 23 days ago

As long as this bill pass, Am Fine so do others who are not selfish, I don’t care what might happen after 2019 elections. To Hell With Politic Agenda Friend💃🏿

Trendex
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Trendex
1 month 24 days ago
A CRITICAL OBSERVATION FROM DIASPORA REVEALS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS INTERESTED IN THE DUAL CITIZENSHIP SO THAT ONCE HE LOSES IN 2019 ELECTIONS, HE SHOULD RUN AND HIDE IN THE STATES. WE CANNOT BE BLIND FOLDED HERE. JEWS IN THE STATES ARE DEVELOPING THEIR COUNTRY (ISRAEL) YET THEY DO NOT HAVE DUAL CITIZENSHIP. THIS IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED. ONE FAMILY WILL BENEFIT FROM THE BILL AND THE MIDNIGHT SIX GUYS KNOW WHERE THEY WILL RUN TO AFTER THE ELECTIONS OF 2019. OPPOSITIONS SHOULD MAKE A VETTO TO THE BILL ONCE PRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT UNTIL THE SEVEN MINISTERS INVOLVED IN CASHGATE SCANDALS… Read more »
Bongololo
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Bongololo
1 month 24 days ago

you are an idiot, plain and simple!

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