Source: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)
By Bakari Kiango
Dar es Salaam — Home Affairs minister George Simbachawene yesterday visited the Immigration Department’s headquarters and warned officials not to use citizenship criteria to victimise people.
During the visit, Mr Simbachawane said there have been some dishonest people who have been denying rights of some people using citizenship criteria.
The minister visited the offices at Kurasini in Temeke District and spoke with immigration department officials as part of his introduction after taking over from his embattled predecessor, Mr Kangi Lugola.
“Citizenship has been used by some dishonest people as a weapon to hurt others for personal gains, which in turn deny the victims some basic rights. I’m asking all those with such habits to change,” he said.
He called for the immigration department to address the settlers’ issue, saying it was traumatic for someone who had lived in the country from five to six generations to face challenges when they apply for citizenship. “Foreigners can easily get the Tanzanian citizenship. The issue is legal, but there is a lack of cooperation when processing decision-making information,” he said.
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