Mutharika assents to Malawi dual citizenship law

President Peter Mutharika has assented to the amendment to the Citizenship Act which now provides for dual citizenship law in the country, Nyasa Times learnt at Parliament on Tuesday.

Mutharika has given the nod  to allow dual citizenship

This was disclosed by Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya during announcements to the House at the start of the Mid-year Budget Review Meeting in Lilongwe.

He said among the Bills that were sent to the President to assent, the  Dual Citizenship has been given the nod.

The new law repeals 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.

It  allows for dual citizenship for Malawians with government’s hope of improving socio-economic activity among Malawians.

For children born in the diaspora, the repeal of Section 7, which obligated them to denounce their country of birth upon reaching 21 years, would enable them to reconnect with Malawi better as opposed to being treated as foreigners and applying for visa’s in a country of their parents’ birth.

Leader of House Kondwani Nankhumwa disclosed that  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe will make his statement on Friday, March 8.

It is anticipated that the budget could be cut by as much as K32 billion from the recurrent expenditure and about K28 billion from the development budget to make up for the K60 billion that the World Bank has not disbursed but was factored into the budget.

Nankhumwa said the programme for the budget meeting would remain traditional with Tuesday and Thursday mornings catering for questions to ministers for oral replies and Wednesdays for committee reports.

The two-week meeting is  the final for the current cohort of Parliament ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

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THE POOR
THE POOR
2 years ago

KOMA CHAKWERA ALIBE NANU MANGAWA ….SO PLEASE DON’T RUN AWAY AFTER GENERAL ELECTIONS…..KOMABE SIMUNALAKWISE KUKOZELATU TSOGOLO…..

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
2 years ago

Muhalik thanks and will vote for you

Charles
Charles
2 years ago

To give up one’s citizenship is to ‘RENOUNCE’ and not ‘DENOUNCE’ the citizenship. For example, I can renounce my Malawian citizenship to become an American citizen. To denounce is to publicly or openly castigate or verbally attack another person. Media reporters should know the distinction between these two words and use them correctly.

Wiseman
Wiseman
2 years ago

Better that way

God Come Soon
God Come Soon
2 years ago

So when does the new law take effect? What type of reporting is this where you don’t even educate people on when the new law takes effect?

China
China
2 years ago

Bravo APM

Victor Mdzinyemba.
Victor Mdzinyemba.
2 years ago

I can forsee Mtchona kukonza kamawa. Nayenso azathawa akaluza

Section 1000
Section 1000
2 years ago

Mathafackaz preparing to run away once Chakwera is sworn in as the President of Malawi on 23rd May this year.We will still follow you mathafackaz.

Chim
Chim
2 years ago

Well done Mr President and thanks to all who campaigned, lobbied and supported Dual Citizenship for Malawi.

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
2 years ago

Mufuniranji wina? We already have a listening president.

MULAKHU I
MULAKHU I
2 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

Kodi uyuyu timati Wina kapena CHINA

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