Malawians living in Kenya have been asked to register as one way of helping the embassy to have full details of all Malawian citizens who are currently in Kenya.
The call was made by the Malawi High Commissioner to Kenya , Brigadier Marcel Chirwa (retired) during the 50th independence celebrations which took place at the Malawi High Commissioner offices in Nairobi on Saturday, 12 July
“Let me take this opportunity to remind you all to register with the embassy here, it’s important for us to know your physical location and your occupation here in Kenya.” Chirwa said.
The High Commissioner then pointed out that anyone can be anywhere at any time “and God forbid, anything can happen to you, you can be a victim of anything at a particular point so it’s important that we keep records of every one of you. If we have a record of you at least we will know where to start from.”
He further said the exercise will also help the Malawi mission to Nairobi to know the number of Malawians living in Kenya and to easily assist the citizens if need be during their stay in Kenya.
“It’s also requirement that when you are living in a foreign country you must register with the nearest embassy and we must be notified when there is any change of address or even departure.” The High Commissioner said.
On the marking of 50Anniversary celebrations Chirwa pointed out that the special message by Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika to all Malawians in Diaspora on the Golden Jubilee celebrations was a challenge for all Malawians in Kenya to play their part in transforming their nation
“This moment is an opportunity for us to reflect on the destiny of our nation. The theme for the Golden Jubilee celebrations which is ‘Transforming our nation with a shared vision and renewed commitment to hard work and integrity for sustainable development’ is a serious call to all of us to do our part,” he said.
The celebrations were characterized by traditional dances from Malawi, cutting of a cake recital of poems among others. The Malawi mission to Nairobi was re opened last year in April after years of closure.