Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba (right) talks to ZAPRA president Davies Mudenda (middle) as ZAPRA secretary Mwamba Siame (left) look on upon his arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba (right) talks to ZAPRA president Davies Mudenda (middle) as ZAPRA secretary Mwamba Siame (left) look on upon his arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone

GOVERNMENT says many Zambians living in Diaspora have shown interest in investing back home after Parliament adopted the dual citizenship in the constitution amendment bill.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Zambians living abroad are eagerly waiting for President Lungu to assent to the bill so that it becomes law.

Mr Kalaba said most Zambians living in foreign countries feel that President Lungu has achieved a lasting legacy over the new constitution and are now willing to be part of Zambia’s development agenda.

“Zambians living in Diaspora are happy that the dual citizenship clause was adopted in the Constitution Amendment Bill.

“The absence of such a law has had a lot of restrictions for Zambians living outside the country. Zambians living in Diaspora are now expressing interest to invest back home,” he said.

Mr Kalaba said Zambia has many educated people abroad working as engineers, doctors and nurses who should come back and bring their skills home with no restrictions.

He said his ministry will soon finalise working on the Diaspora Policy to enable more Zambians living abroad to come back home and invest in various sectors of the economy.

Mr Kalaba said the government is working hard to adopt the policy because many Zambians abroad have shown interest in participating in national affairs.

He said Government values the skills, financial and other valuable resources Zambians living abroad can contribute to the country.

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  1. Not just Zambian Mr. Kalaba even us non Zambian we wanted to be Zambia citizen so we can be participating in national affairs…

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    • What insecurity has the same created for the country you now migrated to since it encourages dual citizenship as well.

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  2. WICH PLOTS ARE U TALKING ABOUT…..U CAN PARTICIPATE IN OTHER THINGS NOT GIVING U LAND…INCASE OF WAR BETWEEN YO COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AND YO ADOPTED COUNTRY WICH COUNTRY WUD U VOTE FOR??????? INFACT THESE ARE TH ISSUES BA MIYANDA PETITIONED,,,THIS LAW SHUD LEAVE SOME ROOM FOR AMENDMENTS

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  3. What security , is that what a certain general has inculcated into your mind? What risk are you at which is higher and more attractive than the USA or the UK for example, which makes you think you will be more prone with the introduction of dual citizenship? Rhetoric is your wonderland

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  4. Can’t wait to see this so called ‘Diaspora Policy‘ being drafted. Most corrupt and rich Zambian politicians view those in the Diaspora as competitors and a threat to their continued existence, politically and economically. Until we are viewed as partners, this ‘dual citizenship’ clause will count for nothing. Perhaps go to Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria and learn how they do it.

    It has to mean for something. From an investment point of view, you have to create an enabling environment that would actually attract those Diaspora to come home and invest. If you just want to create a cash cow for taxes, then forget it. Right now you could pass anything through the border without attracting ridiculous customs taxes. Even something as a small as a laptop gift for a student,…

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    • …continued:

      Even something as a small as a laptop gift for a student, they want it taxed. Tell the banks not to charge for receiving money overseas. Have better agreements with the likes of forex companies or even the likes of Western Unions to lower their charges.

      From public jobs point of view, open the vacancies even to those Diasporas and recruit on merit and not just your relatives or those connected to the political inner circles… have a ‘best person for the job’ policy. And improve basic services like education and health to attract Diasporas and their family to resettle in Zambia.

      Overall there is a lot you have to do to reap the benefits of dual citizenship.

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    • Sorry typo above, meant to say: “Right now you couldn’t pass anything through the border without attracting ridiculous customs taxes.”…

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  5. I am excited that l can go home and stay ,coming back when l want without restrictions.That’s the way forward mother Zambia. Most countries in Africa has dual citizenship.this is good news Kwena.

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  6. Ya this mp is also cleaver he is setting up his party he wants to be a precident ask him about his nephew who stole the van for that late bishop and was found in mansa at his farm and now he is busy buying votes check him out these mps r thives because of him others r suffring this same boy has tarrised the northmead stealing drug dealing exction of money i can give u a long list shoot his girlfriend and many more crimes him and his sister

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