Monday, August 11, 2014

Mutharika Pledges Dual Citizenship, Opposition Parties Back Up Calls

Mutharika Speaks to US Diaspora. Photo Credit: M.Miunthali
This week, Malawi's headlines have been addressing the issue of Dual Citizenship that was brought up to Mutharika at his meeting with the Malawian Diaspora. Below is a compilation of some of the articles that were published:

"Mutharika Thrills Malawians Living Abroad on Dual Citizenship Pledge" - Edwin Mandowa, Malawi Voice
"Addressing Malawians in Washington DC, President Peter Mutharika told the audience that government would look into the matter of dual nationality because many Malawians who have spent many years living abroad really want to have dual citizenship"

"Mutharika Promises Dual Citizenship: Addresses Malawians in the US." Nyasatimes Reporter, Nyasatimes
"President Peter Mutharika has assured Malawians in Diaspora that their request to be allowed to hold dual citizenship would be looked into so that the National Assembly  can debate and agree on such laws. The President was speaking on Thursday when he interacted with Malawians living in the United States of America in Washington DC, a day after the close of a historic US- Africa Leaders Summit."

"Parties Back Dual Citizenship Calls" Moses Chitsulo, BNLTimes
"Some opposition parties and commentators have said President Peter Mutharika’s promise that government will review the citizenship law to facilitate a move which will see the country allowing dual citizenship is a step in the right direction. Speaking when he interacted with Malawians living in the United States last week, Mutharika said government will look into their request for the country to allow dual citizenship."

"Malawi "Dual Citizenship" Debate Opening Up" Gabriel Kolomo, Zodiak Radio

"Malawi has decided to open up and allow for more discussion around the proposal for the country to allow dual citizenship with President Peter Mutharika saying his government will review the law on this. ..The Malawi Washington Association (MWA) told President Mutharika that their desire was to see Malawi’s commitment to the Diaspora “expressed through inclusive citizenship laws that recognize and secure our contributions, investments, property and Malawian identities”.

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