Malawi’s Citizenship Act to conform to democratic principles, other laws

Published: 11/Apr/2019
Source: Maravi Post / Malawi News Agency (MANA)

By Patricia Kapulula

The review of the Malawi Citizenship Act is set to address gaps that exist between the citizenship law and the Republic of Malawi Constitution to bring the Act in tandem with the country’s supreme law.

Chairperson of the Special Law Commission on the Review of the Malawi Citizenship Act, Justice Rezine Mzikamanda made the remarks in Lilongwe on Wednesday at the Regional Consultative Workshop on the Act’s review.

The current Malawi citizenship is regulated by an old Act which was enacted in 1966.

Mzikamanda said from 1966 to date there have been changes in laws and social environment hence the review.

“The 1966 Act did not have a strong foundation in human rights while the 1994 Act is strongly founded on protection and promotion of human rights and democratic governance.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality
Regions: Malawi
Year: 2019