Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba says Zambians living in that country have praised President Edgar Lungu over the adoption of a dual citizenship clause in the amended constitution.
Mr Mwamba said most Zambians living in South Africa feel that President Lungu has achieved a lasting legacy over the new constitution.
He said in an interview in Lusaka that Zambian citizens in that country are happy as it was long overdue.
Mr. Mwamba added that the absence of such a law has had a lot of restrictions for Zambians living outside the country.
‘The community in the Diaspora and speaking for South Africa to be specific is happy President Lungu for firstly passing the new constitution and secondly a constitution that allows for modern spaces such as dual citizenship. They feel this is one of his lasting legacy,’ Mr Mwamba said.
He added, ‘For a national to attain the statutes they attain in South Africa, if they are not citizens, they can only rise up to a certain level, so they are forced to assume citizenship in those areas so that they could be Directors, CEOs, they could be board Chairs but they still love Zambia, their roots are here, their relatives are here and they still want the sacred nationality of been a Zambian.’
Mr Mwamba said this is one of the biggest milestones for the people in the Diaspora.
He said Zambia has one of the most educated people working as professionals in the Diaspora working as Engineers, Doctors and nurses who would like to bring those skills home with no restrictions.