Source: Nyasa Times (Lilongwe)
By Peter Makossah
Finally, the long wait for diaspora Malawians to hold two nationalities is now over – done and dusted – as the Malawi government has gazetted the long-awaited dual citizenship law, which accommodates Malawians in the diaspora, who might wish to hold on to their Malawian passport and that of the foreign country in which they are staying.
The dual citizenship issue was one of the contentious and hot-potato subject-matter during the 2019 and 2020 elections campaign with both President Lazarus Chakwera and his vice, Saulos Chilima, then in opposition promised to pass into law if voted into power.
However, former President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika hastily brought the Dual Citizenship Bill to Parliament where it passed and he assented to in March 2019 but failed to operationalise it.
Homeland Security minister, Richard Chimwendo Banda in a Government Notice Number 59 of the Malawi Citizenship ACT, dual Citizenship regulations 2021 announced that dual citizenship is now gazetted into law.