Mutharika assures Malawians in UK to sort out dual citizenship

President Prof. Peter Mutharika on Sunday assured Malawians living in United Kingdom (UK) that his government would soon sort out the issue of visa and dual citizenship for Malawians living in diaspora.

Mutharika with some Malawians in Uk

President Mutharika also had time to meet DPP UK Wing members

He was responding to challenges which the Malawians based in UK presented when they met him at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.

Among other problems presented, the UK-based Malawians said they face problems when visiting their home country with children as they have to get visas for them because they are considered as UK citizens.

They  said it was difficult for them to obtain a Malawi Passport while in diaspora, therefore asked the Malawi government to consider the possibility of dual citizenship for foreign-based Malawians, especially those living in UK.

“We are working on the issue of dual citizenship, the cabinet approved the proposal and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is working on it,” Mutharika told them.

The Malawians, who came from areas of health, law, education and business among others, said would want to participate in social economic development of the country by investing in the home country but fail because they are taken as foreigners once in Malawi.

“We invest millions in other countries which are not our homes. We would like to invest in our home country and contribute to the country’s development,”  a Malawian of Asian origin Salim Yusufu Lorgat said.

Mutharika explained programmes government is implementing in irrigation, road infrastructure, health and skills development for Malawian youth, saying there are several opportunities the Malawians based in UK and other countries could exploit and invest in the country.

He informed them of the country’s nationals of strides to improve the economy, saying there are several indicators to that effect; one of them being that fuel price has not risen for two years running now.

The President advised them to get reliable information about the country for them to have a good picture and speak positively about it.

Mutharika observed that sometimes they get information from social media which is misleading.

“It is important to speak positively about your country,” Mutharika stated.

Chairperson for Malawi Association in UK, Hannington Gondwe expressed gratitude for the President’s response to their issues.

He said they were relieved that the president pledged to deal with the dual citizenship issue to enable them participate in the social economic development of the country.

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DOF
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Ndemwati malawian of indian origin heti? Munagulitsa nazo dziko izi. Kumangopatsa aliyense citizenship

Ndadabwa
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I just feel BAD that the President chose to politicise his visit to UK by meeting the so called Malawians DPP UK wing members. As a president I would have expected him to have a neutral stand on his visit and if necessary organise one political visit to meet his 12 member DPP UK Wing. There was no need to politicise the visit as others outside DPP party may feel their issues will be overlooked.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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Remember he’s being advised by sharks/zimbalangondo with very narrow interests. These sharks are afraid that non-DPP members (in the UK) would tell the president the truth. We have a president that is ill-advised even with for such visits. For heavens sake, he is the president of Malawi and not just DPP. This is why Callista is telling Malawians that we have a sitting president whose brain is on holiday aor retirement. There are a few people running the country and these people happen to be sharks and zimbalangondo.

benjones
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dont sell our country for handful of Malawian who are not benefiting our country.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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banjoes, this is why Malawi will continue to be an economically backward country in Africa. It seems most Malawians can’t see beyond their belly buttons. Just to give you an example of how Malawi can leverage on the diaspora. There are approximately 4 million Malawians in diaspora and if all of them were encouraged to spare a few Kwachas every month, to invest in their home country, you’d have an investment flow much more than the current FDI. An average contribution of MK10,000 each month wouldl yield MK40 billion pm (MK480 billion/US$660 million each year). However, in order to get… Read more »
Kungofusa
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@DzukaniAmalawi: 4 Million! That many people of Malawi origin in diaspora? Where is that number from? You realize that is about twenty percent of the population? Please advise.
When we push our ideas, the statistics had better be accurate, for the sake of credibility.
Notwithstanding, I support the thrust of your argument regarding the potential for benefits from Malawi offering dual citizenship.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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Its public record. Do some research and google

Mario pei
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These guys have nothing to invest,they struggle to pay council tax,Tv tax.The children they are talking about are on child support.. Miserable bunch of guys,these are the guys shipping to Malawi cockroach infested second hand kitchen ware ,no wonder we have a new breed of English cockroaches .Osamanama guys ,,even if you get dual citizenship(nationality) it will not change your circumstances those with money are already investing in Malawi and also in diaspora ,ma excuse basi..

#DzukaniAmalawi
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Mario Pei, have you seen how Indians and Chinese look in diaspora? If you go to Dubai or Europe and meet with Indians and Pakistanis you’ll be facing people in rugs and yet they support their respective countries with billions of dollar every years through meagre repatriations. This is a game of numbers or economics which you may not even understand. It is for this reason that Malawi will continue to be an economically backward country in Africa. It seems most Malawians can’t see beyond their belly buttons. Just to give you an example of how Malawi can leverage on… Read more »
Sasamba
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Those are DPP members in UK??? Osakwecheka bwanji? Kulibe sopo wasambila kumeneko? They look like achokera ku Thyolo bwanji? We’re they under duress? They look like they were forced to be there kkkkkkkkkkkk

Gwamula
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With the current state of affairs in our country i.e. weak governance institurions, coupled by our weak trading position on the global stage, dual citizenship will never benefit the country. In fact it would only work to perpetuate the dissipation of wealth to other countries by “investors” holding dual citizenship.
Akakhala anawo they are allowed dual ciyizenship up to the age of 18. After that one has to make a firm choice on their citizenship

TRUMP
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DIASPORA WAS IN THOSE DAYS WHEN THEY COULD SPEAK OUT CONCERNS OF THEIR BELOVED MOTHER MALAWI NOW WE HAVE FIELD MARSHALS POSING AS DIASPORA WHILE THEY ARE THOSE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THESE CROOKS /MAFIAS AND FIELD MARSHALS MAKING HONEY MOONS IN ABROAD USING OUR TAXES FROM EMBASSIES WHILE WE THE YOUTHS AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED ARE SUFFERING HERE AT HOME SO PATHETIC INDEED MAY GOD HAVE MERCIES ON US ALL !!
Mbonga Matoga
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I can see a few faces of illegal immigrants on these photos, does APM know that you are living in the UK illegally?

DPP UK wing of illegals, an embarrassment to our country, muyalukatu akakupangani deport, APM can not help you……stop exposing yourself on these opportunistic photos…

Iineyo
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Padzadza a nsasamba. Invest chani momwe mukuonekeramo 😂

Mwananyanian
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Surely, APM can ask Malawians in diaspora to love and respect their original country. But many of them would retort to him “But what have you done for me lately, not what are you going to do for me in future, as promises are meaningless in Malawi”? It should be obvious to APM, having lived in diaspora himself, that even if this citizenship issue is not be a priority to those of us who are (local) Malawians at this juncture, it is a very big deal to those who were Malawians in the past, but now are legally considered foreigners.… Read more »

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