GOVERNMENT has started implementing the dual citizenship clause for Zambians in the diaspora who lost their citizenship as a result of acquiring nationality of other countries. The citizenship board will now register within six months a person who ceased to be a citizen of Zambia as a result of acquiring citizenship of another country. This is according to a circular issued to heads of missions abroad by acting Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Sylvester Mundanda. Mr Mundanda has since directed diplomats in various missions to be conversant with the provisions of Statutory Instrument (SI) Number 50 of the citizenship of Zambia regulation of 2017 for the purpose of sensitising Zambians in the diaspora.
According to SI number 50, the citizenship of Zambia regulation now provides for a person who ceased to be a citizen as a result of acquiring the citizenship of another country to apply to the citizenship board for restoration of their citizenship.
The SI further states that applicants for bestowal of citizenship, where the applicant is abroad, may lodge the application with the Zambian mission in the country of that applicant’s residence, or the nearest country where there is a Zambian mission.