Kassam challenges Malawi authorities: ‘Many Asians and a Minister with dual citizenship’

Asian businessman Kassam Nurmahomed as recently 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 has challenged authorities that there are many Asians in the country who hold two or multiple passports apart from the Malawian.

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.

Nurmahommed: When one Malawian passport isn’t enough

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 him to use  the Malawian travel documents.

But Nurmahommed challenged that he cannot surrender any of the passports, saying there are many Asians which he says he can name that have dual citizenship.

He also hinted that Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume hold dual citizenship, one for British, challenging authorities to arrest him and make him renounce one citizenship “if  indeed the law on citizenship is being applied.”

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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18 thoughts on “Kassam challenges Malawi authorities: ‘Many Asians and a Minister with dual citizenship’”

  1. benjones says:

    I am in many articles commented that Mother Malawi is becoming a foreign land it does not belong to Malawians any more because of our greedy systems. Let us put our hands together and save our country for our children. I don’t want my child to be a slave in its own country. But looking at the present situation i can see that its coming.

  2. winston msowoya says:

    Malawians,you should be wide awake with the Asians particulary Indians,Pakis and Chinese.These people have found out that our so-called leaders are so soft with money hence,they smuggle millions of dollars plus animal parts for instance elephant tusks,donkey skins so on and so forth.Yes we were under white rule,but at least,they tried their best,but not these Indians and the like.They are in Africa to destroy our economies for their advantage.Can you believe that there are plenty of Elephants in India,but Indians come to Africa to kill ours in hundreds every month because the leaders have put money first than our economies.Go to Europe and Canada and see yourselves where your funds endup,and yet,our people are suffering the ramifications,they have no drugs in their hospitals,dilapidated roads,unemployment beyond belief hence,the unprecedented national crimes.I strongly urge our government to totally deny Asians opportunities to acquire dual-citizenship which would give them a blank-cheque.Always remember that A GOOD INDIAN IS THAT WHO IS 6FT DEEP!!!!

  3. Keen Observer says:

    When one gets arrested committing a crime the excuse can never be that there are a lot of criminals I know who are committing the same crime but they’re not being arrested? No it doesn’t work like that. Most of the Amwenyesite, they like that cos the majority of them are crooks. We are living in the times when terrorism is rampant so with this tendency of people saying that they want to be having dual or more citizenship who will it gonna help especially when those people are the ones who are in the forefront on money laundering?

    1. Chamunorwa says:

      I agree with you Keen observer . Two wrongs will never make a right. Until such a time Dual Citizenship is allowed its deemed a crime . No Mr Amwenye please tell us the names of your fellows and be arrested likewise. You mentioned the Minister , Discrimination I presume. Name your fellow amwenyes
      Can a black Malawian have a dual citizenship in India let alone be an Indian Citizen.

  4. 27 says:

    The only threat I see with dual citizenship is that our passport will be tainted by some bad people like from African countries with bad passports, not to mention any countries but you know them. The Malawi passport is top 10 in Africa and has a fairly good reputation abroad so having an EU, British, American, Canadian, Australian or new Zealand passport on top of that would not be so bad. We Just need to tighten up the process of issuing passports to bona fide citizens of the Republic of Malawi, currently passport issuing is dodgy

  5. Opinion says:

    I agree with you 100% James Mbeya. Malawi should not allow this dual citizenship nonsense as it will not benefit the ordinary Malawian. Only foreigners and Malawian thieves would benefit from it. Parliament should not pass a law allowing dual citizenship.

  6. George Walani says:

    Lets keep it as it is.
    Ife omwe tiri ma dual citizen lets carry on practising it.
    There is no need to change.
    Inenso i use a Malawian passport when travelling to Lilongwe from Berlin Germany.
    I leave my German passport back here.
    I only use my German passport if am travelling around the world where a Visa is waivered because of my German passport.

    Not everyone needs DUAL CITIZENSHIP.

    Lets keep dual citizenship for us the selected few. The president, A few ministers, Rich Asians and Some smart Malawians.

    This is an exclusive club, please dont open it to everyone.

    Parliament i urge you to vote DUAL CITIZENSHIP down.

    It will not be fun anymore if anyone is allowed to become a dual citizenship.

    Ask Nyamilandu the lawyer from Australia when Bingu appointed him and noises where heard that he should surrender his Australian nationality.
    Anakuuzilanituni kuti I cannot choose Nsanje over Melbourne.

    So us that have dual citizenship should fight hard that its not allowed in Malawi otherwise it will be diluted.. nanga every jim and jack akkhale ngati president APM with dual citizen. NO NO NO

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  7. Kumpalume says:

    Inenso I have a british passport.
    I also have a Malawian passport.
    I use both passports.
    This is how it works.

    When i am in London travelling to other European countries, The USA and Australia I use my British passport.
    No questions asked timangolowa basi.
    When i am travelling to Malawi i use Malawi passport.
    No questions asked when entering Malawi with a malawi passport.

    Just for your own information
    It is legal to have dual or multiple nationalities across the world and no one cares.
    It is only a poor country Malawi that still thinks in the dark ages.
    Nigeria has had dual citizenship since 1964 , Tanzania and now Zambia.
    South Africa too is a dual national country.
    Tatsala tokha aMalawi
    Kukakamila mtunda opanda madzi.

    Your president APM is an American Citizen
    Peter Kumpalume Health Minister is a British Citizen
    George Chaponda is also a British citizen.

    I love Malawi
    I love United kingdom
    Malawi gave me the values and opportunities to explore the world.
    Britain gave me the resources to perform.
    I will keep both nationalities and there is no way Malawi government can know i hv another citizenship.

    On paper dual citizenship is not allowed
    In practice we have been doing it since 1996 when i became a British citizen.

  8. James Mbeya says:

    I do not support dual citizenship because it will benefit the ‘foreigners’ more that indigenous Malawians. How many Malawians have passports and would get citizenship outside Malawi? Some do say that Malawians in the diaspora would invest in Malawi if this was the case. How many are in that category of potential investors? I know people who are ‘domestic’ workers in UK, RSA and are sending money back to Malawi without this nonsense. It is a matter of commitment to your country of birth. I would not want to put my wealth in UK where I was not born even if I had dual citizenship as all (most ) of my relatives live in Malawi.

    Peter Mutharika akufuna kuzapita kwao mosavuta ndi ndalama zathu u President ukazatha and run away from prosecution. Should we change the law because of a few people?

    I would urge MPs to shoot this down. We have more important laws to enact eg independence of ACB, Audit Office, Parliament, Director of Pub Prosecutions etc, implementation of the Green Belt Initiative, funding rural roads etc.

  9. nadie zeuzeu says:

    kodi ngati ndiokhawa ngambilimbilitu and as said kuyambila citizen no 1.kodi immigration yake yathu yomweyi imapereka ziphasozi olo ya kunja? anthu anayamba kale kufusa za dual ma plesdent kuyambila muluzi,jb,uyuyu, anaiambapo koma kothera kwake mukugulitsa kwamwenye olo kungopaptsana pa ubwana wanu. its a big list of the duals as we are talking.

  10. CHIMVQ says:

    AKAPHULISA MABOMBA AMAVALAWO
    UKO AZITI NDI
    A MALAWI
    MWAONA ??

    TIZIYIONERA PATALI GAME GUYS

  11. Kholowa mkabudula says:

    Hahahaha koma malawi chirichonseno ndi no 1.

  12. Kenkkk says:

    This Kassam has been caught but he also has a point.

  13. Indians, Pakistanians Rwandas and Burundis are saying they are Malawians buying citizenship and land from government corrupted officials. Most Rwandas and Burundis are saying they come from Karonga. Chiefs are selling land even other peoples land. Corruption in Malawi is in the hands If those Who are educated. Uts Shame. Until Malawians realise what they are doing to their future children Malawi population is not Malawians not others whot citizenship through CORRUPTED officials. Everything is legal in Malawi as long as greedy Malawians want to get rich quickly.

  14. George Kambalame says:

    One of the Malawians I know uses 2 passports is Chauncy Mopho Jere ( Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhomas husband) He has USA citizenship / passport and he has British Passport/ citizenship which he was given by the high royal highness at a public forum for contributing in UK ICT .
    There are many of that calibre just legalize dual citizenship . Arrest APM , Kumpalume, and many more Asians

  15. Chitima says:

    heeeee, amwenye mwayamba kukodza chosagwilira eti ? Mpaka kuulula mwana wa fumu….zoona

  16. Zoonadi says:

    The issue is ‘he’ has been caught on the wrong side of the law not the others. Do you say yea I have been caught pants down but my neighbor also dropped his pants yesterday but was not caught? Let the authorities deal with him, osamunyengerera. The others will have their time, if caught. Amwenye awa ndi atsakho kwambiri, amationa ngati opusa ife. Would a Malawian question the law if he was arrested in or deported from India?

  17. Mwendanato says:

    AMWENYE NDI MA BURUNDI AGENA KWABASI, OUR LEGISLATORS PLEASE ENACT STRINGENT LAWS NOW BEFORE IT BECOMES TOO LATE. THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS IN THE ARROGANCE BEING SHOWN BY SOME INDIANS, PAKISTANIS, GERMANS AND BURUNDIANS. MAY I REQUEST ONE PATRIOTIC MP TO RAISE A PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILL ON THIS ISSUE IN PARLIAMENT. MAY THE PRESIDENT RESCIND HIS THOUGHTS ON DUAL CITIZENSHIP AND ALLOW PARLIAMENT TO CONVENE FOR WEEK JUST TO TACKLE THIS AND IT SHOULD BE PUSHED TO THE LAW REFORM. IF THIS WON’T BE FEASIBLE LET THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI HAVE THEIR SAY THROUGH A REFERENDUM.

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