As amended by the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act No.5 of 1971 to provide citizenship to those born in Malawi only if one parent was a citizen of Malawi (text in bold in section 4), as well as a person of African race (introduced in 1966).
3. Citizens on 5th July, 1966
Every person who on the 5th day of July, 1966, was under any existing law a citizen of Malawi, shall continue to be a citizen of Malawi after that date.
4. Citizenship by birth
Every person born in Malawi after the 5th day of July, 1966 shall become a citizen of Malawi on the date of his birth if one of his parents is a citizen of Malawi and is a person of African race:
Provided that this subsection shall not apply to a person whose father is a citizen of a country with which Malawi is at war and the birth occurs at a place then under occupation by the enemy.
5. Citizenship by descent
A person born outside Malawi after the 5th day of Jul 1966, shall become a citizen of Malawi on the date of his birth if his father or mother is a citizen of Malawi by birth and is a person of African race.
Download file: Malawi Citizenship Act 1966 amended to 1972