Permanent Secretary Dr Chileshe Mulenga
Permanent Secretary Dr Chileshe Mulenga

THE Ministry of Home Affairs has started receiving applications from people seeking dual citizenship as provided for in the amended Zambian Constitution.

Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga said most of the people who had shown willingness to acquire Zambian citizenship were former nationals who had become citizens of other countries.

“Mostly so far, it has been former Zambians who took up some other nationality who are trying to reclaim their Zambian citizenship. There are very few foreign nationals trying to take up Zambian citizenship,” he said.

Dr Mulenga said some people who were interested to acquire Zambian citizenship needed to renounce their country’s citizenship as dual citizenship was not allowed in their countries of origin.

Dr Mulenga, however, could not immediately give statistics on how many people had applied for dual citizenship as he was not in the office during the time of the interview.

According to the Amended Constitution which came into effect in January this year after President Edgar Lungu assented to the Bill, a citizen shall not lose citizenship by acquiring the citizenship of another country.

The Constitution states also that a citizen who ceased to be a citizen, before the commencement of the Constitution as a result of acquiring the citizenship of another country, shall be entitled to apply, as prescribed, to the Citizenship Board of Zambia, for citizenship and the Board shall bestow citizenship on that person.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Please can these applications be thoroughly looked into because we know this is part of pf plan to allow foreigner to quickly become citizens and vote for pf. With dual comes increased security risk. What has pf done to ensure security after this bill. Pf like lung have no vision l.vote upnd

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    • Iwe NEZ, Tumfweko have banned you so now you are found here pa lask Times eh?? More nonsense from you.
      Elo ama Zambians mu diaspora senior but dull bloggers the likes of Jayjay, ndobo and other chaps who’ve been criticizing the govt even when the economy was doing better you guys should learn to appreciate the same United Party for National Destruction has an evil agenda to divide the country and has always opposed the dual nationality clause. Dont be fooled abena Zed UPND means nothing but chaos for Zambia which is why they have already lost the elections because only a minority of their clans men and relatives will vote for them. UPNDISTs expect defeat on August 12 to 15th!!!

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    • What makes you think every foreigner will vote for the PF? While many countries are benefitting from dual citizenship, you are cheaply politicking. T
      That’s very backward thinking

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    • Iwe chi timba life if you were a desperate Somalian and I offered you Zambian citizenship wouldn’t you vote my party? Please learn to think because this is what pf doing. Ukose

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    • HERE COMES CORRUPTION NOW. WHAT WE HAVEN’T BEEN TOLD IS HOW MUCH IMMIGRATION OFFICERS HAVE POCKETED IN BRIBES FROM APPLICANTS.

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  2. We don’t need you ex Zambian even your contribution on this platform is jst a waste of time and money shaa.

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  3. You are just a useless living in carer looking after old people. We dont need you ex Zambian hopeless chap

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    • IS THAT WHAT YOU DO CLEANING PEOPLES BACKSIDES? I HAVE NEVER WORKED I MY LIFE! WAS BORN RICH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. MPs including upAndOWN mps, did a very bad job by endorsing dual carriaege type citizenship.how patriotic are these who want to belong to two countries at the same timethis is greadness.this must be revisited as soon as possible-but law

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  5. LIST OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES WITH DUAL CITIZENSHIP

    A. The current list of countries in Africa that have some form of Dual Citizenship:

    Angola
    Benin
    Burundi
    Cote d’Ivoire (restrictions on holding office as president & vice-president of the republic; president and vice-president of parliament – speaker and deputy speaker of parliament).
    Djibouti
    Egypt (with permission)
    Eritrea (with permission , has created an intermediary status)
    Gabon
    Gambia
    Ghana (Dual Citizens may not hold a set of listed senior positions, includes dual citizenship for the involuntary African diaspora . )
    Kenya
    Lesotho
    Morocco
    Mozambique
    Namibia
    Nigeria
    Rwanda
    Sao tome & Principie
    Sierra Leone
    South Africa…

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  6. No need to nasty. Zambians aquired citizenship of other countries because of their personal reasons. We have relatives in Zambian we want to contribute to the development of the country. Look at South Africa it has worked so well.

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  7. As long as you are a foreigner you cannot be fully be freely …better I live and die in a poverty stricken nation than being a slave

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    • Some of us don’t need to work to survive. If you live as a slave where you are it doesn’t concern me.

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  8. Yeah, go back to your poverty stricken country!!!!

    Meanwhile many people in Zambia are desparate to go out……. i get calls every week from Zambians who are fade up and trying to get asylum in CIVILIZED RICH COUNTRIES outside Africa.

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  9. If you ask me I would not allow these so called dual prostitutes, gamblers, and thugs. These people do not know what they are looking for either you are for Jesus or the devil period the rest are mere words. Enjoy the diaspora and stop disturbing us because I have no intentions of disturbing you where you are. Be blessed.

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  10. This Dr mulenga he is usless he goes for an interview and does not know a key part of the interview re: numbers of applicants ??

    That is like going for a job interview and you don’t know what job you applied for. Usless PS. you should be ashamed of your self.

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  11. The surprising thing is you can have more freedom than in your adopted country. I love Zambia very much as my country of birth but when it comes to freedom i feel much more free to express my thoughts in the UK than in Zambia, it is not the fault of Zambia its the politicians and the poverty that they inflict on our people who are destroying the values of the good natured Zambian people. I will be taking up my birthright so i can invest my little knowledge to assist other people.

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  12. How do I apply for something I never surrendered? I still have my Zambian passport and NRC. I simply get my Zambian passport and walk in. Section 3 is stamped in and finito.

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