DPP UK wing adds its voice on dual nationality: Kamundi lauds Mutharika’s ‘visionary leadership’

Malawians living in Diaspora have lauded the government of President Peter Mutharika for fulfilling its 2014 elections manifesto pledge to change citizenship laws and allow Malawians to hold other citizenships other than Malawi.

Malawi Parliament on Wednesday, December 12, 2019 passed a Bill to repeal Sections 8 to 11 of the Citizenship Act, which dealt with citizenship of children born outside Malawi, loss of citizenship if a person acquires another citizenship other than by marriage and loss of citizenship by a Malawian woman who marries a foreigner unless she denounces her other citizenship.

Adding its voice to the ‘lauding’, the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) United Kingdom (UK) Wing has said it is proud to be associated with the governing party and its leadership “who have finally heard the loud cry of Malawians living and working abroad pertaining to dual citizenship”.

DPP UK Wing chairperson, Lewis Kamundi told Nyasa Times in an interview that Malawians living abroad who have since acquired their respective countries’ citizenship will now be free to return to Malawi to either work or engage in various businesses for the benefit of the nation.

“We owe it to President (Peter) Mutharika and his DPP administration. This issue has been quite sticky for many years. Presidents and governments have come and gone; they have only paid lip service but today, here we’re, dual citizenship will, finally, be allowed in Malawi,” said Kamundi,.

He added that “what APM and his DPP administration have done exhibits them as genuine sympathizers of the plight of Malawians living abroad, most especially those that have long desired to return to Malawi”.

He said Malawi now joins about two thirds of countries in the world that allow dual citizenship, most of which have high GDPs.

Kamundi said it is generally agreed that countries forbidding dual citizenship overall are not only more populated but also extremely poor.

High-income countries are more likely to allow dual citizenship and Malawi is bound to experience rapid social and economic surge within a matter of few years “because of this most strategic decision by the visionary APM and his government”, said Kamundi. 

Kamundi, whose UK Wing has frequented the country to undertake various humanitarian and charitable activities, said many members who were unwilling to travel to the country due to their citizenship status “to help alleviate the suffering of fellow Malawians” will now be more than willing to embark on such mission.

“You will soon witness more of DPP UK Wing members coming to Malawi to contribute in various forms to the wellbeing of the people in Malawi. This is all because of the citizenship law, which now favours us, Malawians in Diaspora,” said the DPP UK Wing Chair. 

The DPP UK Wing recently donated Likuni Phala to Mponela Health Clinic, Chikwawa and Mzimba district hospitals. They also donated clutches to Kachere Rehabilitation Centre in Blantyre recently and earlier donated various relief items worth millions of Kwacha to Mangochi District Hospital when it was gutted by fire.

Last week, members of the wing donated various relief items, including blankets and foodstuff to many people who had been displaced by floods in Machinjiri, Blantyre, among other charitable initiatives.

According to Kamundi, DPP UK is an extended arm of DPP Malawi. It was established over five (5) years ago and it was by DPP Executive members in August 2014 in Leicester, United Kingdom. 

“The future and progress of Malawi is a collective responsibility regardless of party affiliation, colour, gender or creed,” he said, adding that some of the UK Wing’s core objectives include making DPP much visible in the United Kingdom; supporting DPP in fulfilling the manifesto pledges; carrying out fundraising activities on behalf of DPP; recruiting Malawians in the United Kingdom to join DPP; and to partner with the President and DPP in fulfilling Malawi’s development,” he said.

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tonde
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There is no copy and paste of anything here. It is the responsibility of the current Government to fulfil it’s promises. Kungokutengani kuti mukhale mu gulu la Public Reforms, inu ndikunyamula zomwe mwaphunzira kumeneko mwati ndizanu basi ? You are very selfish.

Emarire vava
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Emarire vava

Apumbwa inu. Maliseche amadziwa kuwonera misonkhano ya Saulosi basi. Talembani ntchito anthu 1 million tione?

Chi
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Chi

Thanks but almost five years. Game yaakulira a president

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

I just wish Chilima is more vocal and radical on what UTM would do once in power. It seems to me that DPP=led government is responding positively and ruthlessly to what Chilima pronounces. It can only be great for ordinary Malawi folks. Most of these things that DPP is implementing isn’t anything new as its contained in its 2014 manifesto; I just don’t know why they were sloppy in implementation. Let’s go DPP!!!!!!

True Malawian
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True Malawian

Kodi ma Wing enawa mumangopangila kutiwalira pa Facebook instagramTachita tione kuti mukutani tixongoza za awa a DPP UK .Am UTM koma anzathu mukuyetsetsa

Angela masuku
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Angela masuku

Well freedom of associations, if I am a Malawian or any other citizen by birth nobody can take from me as it is a right by birth. The second nationality is what can be taken away as it is acquired. All fears must be squashed we will still condem the govt of the DAy if things go wrong as we have already had both passports and both nationalities. However we swore to be loyal to another country against the bible or equivalent whilst I never made a vow for Malawi so remember that if we are to participate in matters… Read more »

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Good development

Msasa
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Msasa

This excitement will wane. I don’t see anything changing in Malawi because of this dual nationality. Malawi is just a horrible place to live and do business. You will come here and soon realise that this is not a place for any normal person. Malawi is hell on earth.

cool heads
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cool heads

without CHILIMA having talked about it, DPP would not have done ths. Ask yourselves – when was the last time he Peter Mutharika talked about this and how long it has taken him to do it…APM is just another lame duck…

dauso
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dauso

copy and paste ina ija ndiimeneneyi I thought utm had arleady said it now mukukopela , nothing new with mr maliseche wanna do , is too old to supervise the all country , we cant give votes to dpp yatizuza kokwana tiyese antu ena , ziko kukomela ma cadet basi ma business mumalawi anavuta kwambiri antu akulemela ndi katangale muma load blocke komaso ma bulundi ndamene akunva kukoma chifukwa cha ndalama katundu Wa 50 milion Amadisha hundred thousand koma iweyo kantundu wako wochepa kulandidwa five hundred thousand kuti akutaye akufuna udishe hundred ngati mubulundi kukani kulandidwa its too much achoke… Read more »

Yosefe Mateyo
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Yosefe Mateyo

dauso please listen to the speech president Mutharika made to Malawians in the UK in May this year

Napoleon muza
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Kikikiki Dauso I don’t blame you for being overtaken by utm. But you have to know that the issue of Dual citizen was in pipeline before utm . He president promised people in diaspora when he visited UK and America that he will sort this issue out. UTM has nothing, after all all whatyou hear from utm President is that he gets internal info from his agents seating in government as himself of what the government intend to do and he rushes out to speKit out as if he is the master planner. Do you expect him to say today… Read more »

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