DUAL CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION TO WAIT
The ministry of Home Affairs has said people applying for dual citizenship will not immediately be granted their request.
Spokesperson Moses Suwali said following the amendment so the Constitution , there was need to first make changes to the Citizenship Act to enable it encompass Dual Citizenship and that the Ministry of Home Affairs has since introduced a team to look into that.
” People are free to apply tor Dual Citizenship but even if they apply today they will not be issued with that until such a time when certain portions are amended from single citizenship to Dual Citizenship so that it provides us with clear guidelines on how we should proceed.
A Team under the Ministry of Home Affairs has been constituted to make amendments to the current Citizenship Act so that it is in line with the amendment Constitution Bill which was recently launched by the President,’’ he said.
He said former Zambians who had acquired citizenship of other countries have started applying but he could not immediately mention how many had done so to date.
President Edgar Lungu last month assented to the Constitution Amendment Bill which resulted in the inclusion of the Dual Citizenship clause among several others.
The amended Constitution states that a citizen shall not lose citizenship by acquiring the citizenship of another country.
It further states that a citizen who ceased to be one before their commencement of the Constitution as a result of accepting the citizenship of another country would be entitled to apply as prescribed to the Citizenship Board of Zambia for citizenship and the board would bestow citizenship of that person.