Immigration arrest Asian businessman for having dual citizenship of Malawi and Britain

An Asian businessman Kassam Nurmahomed has been arrested  by the Immigration Department for contravening the Citizenship Act after he was found in possession of a British and Malawian passport when he was about to leave the country for South Africa.

Nurmahommed was arrested at Chileka Airport

Nurmahomed was arrested at Chileka IAirport in Blantyre  after Immigration Department  got a tip-off to the effect that the businessman was in possession of several passports.

Authorities approached Nurmahomed and searched him, recovering a Malawian passport and  a British passport.

According to documents seen by Nyasa Times, Nurmahomed  had acquired the Malawian passport  number MA 867427on 26 April 2016 and started using it  alongside his British passport.

Malawi laws prohit dual citizenship.

Immigration officials asked him to surrender the Malawian passport to use his British docuements or go to renounce the UK papers for the Malawian travel documents.

But Nurmahommed challenged that he cannot surrender any of the passports, saying he will use his “connections” to keep using both documents.

He reportedly told Immigration Department  that he surrendered the British passport but sources says he had claimed to UK High Commission loss of a passport and he was issued a new booklet.

Commentators who spoke to Nyasa Times commended Immigration Department for kickstarting a crackdown on violators of citizenship law, saying many Asian traders were in contravening the Citizenship Act.

President Peter Mutharika is on record to have 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 e that government will review dual citizenship law.“We are currently drafting the legislation, very soon we will have the legislation,” he said.

But as the President promised, dual citizenship will come into effect when the law changes but those having dual nationalities in Malawi are contravening the law and deserve to be indicted.

Anyone, not only Asians, who are using dual citizenship before the legislation allowing more than single nationality, are committing an offence and can face charges.

Single citizenship is  a  national allegiance to a country s from the fact of having been born and raised in that country. This form of allegiance is sometimes turned into an entitlement which allows some people to make certain claims against the state.

 

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11 thoughts on “Immigration arrest Asian businessman for having dual citizenship of Malawi and Britain”

  1. pastor jeke says:

    this earth belongs to god.
    Let Man travel freely please.

  2. h m hassam says:

    Hi leave people who have two passport becoz there have right I was born in Malawi on British time Ihave birth right to British passport and Malawi passport I hope pray that Malawi will let dule passport may almighty bless Malawi let people fill FREE

  3. ndithutu says:

    this is what we want .. immigration it should working in this way .. if Peter munthalika was under pressure because of dual nationality .. awa ndindani ? treat them mofanana ndi mmalawi ..

  4. Mzanga Dausi says:

    Uko ndiye kuchedwetsa chitukuko. Let anyone who is able to, maintain a dual nationality.

    By denying people dual citizenship, you are locking out skilled malawians who would have come back and contribute to the country ‘s development.

    A bampini nawonso muja anayambira mpakana lero, just talking talking -no action

  5. Pastor E K banda says:

    Please Malawian let’s stop this kind of nonsense, what’s wrong with dual citizenship, leave that man alone, how many Malawian has South African citizenship and yet still hold their Malawian passports.
    Kodi mlibe zochita?

  6. Maliseni says:

    IF IMMIGRATION DEPT WANTS TO END THIS PROBLEM, THE STRATEGY IS VERY SIMPLE. WHEN PEOPLE ARE RETURING HOME THEY MUST BE ASKED TO SHOW THEIR TICKETS AND STAMPED PASSPORT INDICATING THE COUNTRIES THEY VISITED. TWO YEARS A GO I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE A MALAWIAN WHO STAYS IN UK CHANGING PASSPORT AT KENYATTA AIRPORT. FROM NAIROBI TO MALAWI HE USED MALAWIAN PASSPORT. FROM UK TO NAIROBI HE USED BRITISH PASSPORT. SUCH PEOPLE CAN EASILY BE CAUGHT BY CROSSCHECKING THEIR AIR TICKETS. MAJORITY OF THE INDIANS STILL USE THEIR INDIAN PASSPORT AFTER LEAVING CHILEKA OR KAMUZU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ITS A SHAME AND THE LAW MUST TAKE ITS CAUSE.

  7. Mlopwana says:

    Mbuzi mbuzi mbuzi mbuzi My fellow mlakho

  8. benjones says:

    A family dispute is the reason for the tip of. Asians do not reveal each other.

  9. Wagonapamuhanya says:

    CONCHI ! NGATI MUKUYAMBA NDINU ATSOGOLELI A BOMA NDIYE ANTHU WAMBA BWA ! ROTTEN GOVT !! _A MINISTER A HEALTH a Kumpalume ngati ndizowona you are in possession of dual citizenship…….shame on you.You shud be investigated.No one is above the law in this country.

  10. mtete says:

    Is this an issue? There are so many Indians with dual citizenship

  11. Dzambo says:

    Check the minister of health Kampalume. He also has dual citizenship.

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