By Chrispin Ntungo
The editorial on Dual Citizenship by The Post makes a lot of sense and it is right on. One thing that worries this contributor about Zambia is that when it comes to important decisions history does not show that Zambians make decisions that are for the good of the country. Look at the following examples:
1. Late 1960s Zambia chose to support Palestinians over Israel and the University of Zambia was left uncompleted. The Chiluba government tried to correct this later, but it came too late.
2. Early 1970s Zambia adopted the Eastern model of government vi-sa-vi one party rule and socialism, the result over the years was disastrous.
3. Most recently, when revising the constitution Zambia chose to say that someone born to Zambian parents, regardless of where they are born in the world, can be president of Zambia . If you are born in Zambia to non-Zambian parents you are not regarded as Zambian enough and therefore you cannot become president. But if you are born to Zambian parents anywhere in the world you are a Zambian and you can be president. Most countries have it that you are a primary citizen of the country in which you are born.
This contributor hopes that the NCC will be level-headed and objective enough, and appreciative of every Zambian out there and support dual citizenship. Zambia cannot afford to be a loser all the time. It’s time that Zambians made quality decisions that make Zambia a winning country. Dual citizenship is a win-win situation. When you have the opportunity to allow it, don’t even blink, go for it. When you have the opportunity to have it, don’t even blink, go for it. It will bring Zambia benefits that Zambians can’t even envision in the process of making the decision.
To those on the NCC don’t let jealousy or witch-hunting get the best of you. Think of your large extended family of 12, 15, or 21 siblings. What if five of those had dual citizenship; some American, others Canadian, or British, or Australian or South African? Have you thought of what they would do for you and your country? They would give you support that you might not ever imagine. For example, they can give you seed money to begin a business in Zambia . They can accommodate your niece or nephew to attend school in USA , Canada , UK or Australia , etc. It would be good for your family; it would be good for your country too. They can even represent you in business or government negotiations, all to your success and prosperity.
Lastly, God loves our country, but somehow we mess it up ourselves when we fail to make decisions in its favor. Nevertheless, this contributor has to remind you that it is wonderful to be in the company of Zambians whether they have dual citizenship or not. Be of good cheer, everyone.