MINISTER of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo says Government is ready to process applications for dual citizenship in line with the provisions of the amended Constitution.
Mr Kapyongo said at a press briefing yesterday that citizens who wish to acquire dual citizenship must notify the chief passport and citizenship officer or the nearest Zambian mission after successfully acquiring the other citizenship.
Mr Kampyongo said it is imperative for all citizens to thoroughly read the guidelines and understand the requirements of the acquisition of dual citizenship.
“Now that the regulations are in place, citizens of Zambia who wish to acquire citizenship of another country must notify the chief passport and citizenship officer or the nearest Zambian mission after successfully acquiring the other citizenship.
“Those who would like more information should consult the office of the chief passport and citizenship officer on all procedural matters relating to dual citizenship,” Mr Kampyongo said.
He said persons who ceased to be Zambian citizens as a result of acquiring citizenship of another country but wish to restore their Zambian nationality will have to apply to the citizenship board for bestowal.
“Persons whose citizenship has been bestored will be required to present a certificate of bestowal of citizenship to the national registration section of the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship for issuance of a green national registration card.
Meanwhile, Mr Kampyongo said methods of acquiring Zambian citizenship are provided for under Article 34 of the republican Constitution and that it shall be by birth, desent, registration and by adoption.
President Lungu on January 5, 2016, assented to the Constitution amendment Act, which among other things, provides for dual citizenship.