Former Commissioner in the Mung’omba Constitution Review Commission Bishop John Mambo has commended the National Constitution Conference (NCC) for adopting the dual citizenship Article in the draft constitution.
Bishop Mambo says the adoption of the Dual Citizenship Article was timely for Zambia as the Article will play a paramount role of helping Zambia to reap the maximum benefits from its citizens in the Diaspora.
The Clergyman said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the approval of the dual citizenship will also be beneficial to the country as it will no longer be looking at its citizens living abroad with suspicion.
Bishop Mambo, who is also Chikondi Foundation President, said the adoption of the Dual Citizenship Article will also help the country to achieve significant economic strides as many of the citizens living abroad will be contributing meaningfully to Zambia’s economic agenda.
He said he is overwhelmed to see that the Article was unanimously adopted saying that the country will make vast developments in various fields because of the skills of people it has harnessed from different parts of the world.
Bishop Mambo, who is also a former Church of God Regional Overseer, urged government to utilize its citizens in the Diaspora as they had the capacity to contribute effectively to the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) coming into the country.
He said it was urgent for government to recognize and make efforts to ensure that the Diaspora becomes a prominent force in the country’s economic recovery.
The clergyman further advised government to consider opening Diaspora desks in all foreign missions to help Zambians access investment information without having to travel back home.
He said being part of the global village, Zambia could not afford to remain behind adding that Zambia should consider dual nationality as a priority.
The former Commissioner in the Mung’omba Constitution Review Commission has since called on the Government to come up with incentives that could attract investment from Zambians abroad.
Some of the countries that are benefiting from the Dual Citizenship are Kenya, Ghana and India.