The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) has supported Cabinet’s decision to approve the dual citizenship proposal and regard it as a non-contentious issues which should be presented in parliament for enactment into the new constitution of Zambia.
YWCA national president Lucy Lungu said the move was welcome because the dual citizenship will not disadvantage children born from parents of different nations.
Ms. Lungu said this in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka adding that Zambians should support this clause of dual citizenship because it was progressive.
She said majority of Zambians supported the clause when the technical committee on drafting the national constitution was going round to get views from the citizens.
She explained that there were many Zambians that are married to foreigners whose children will now be allowed to hold dual citizenship.
Ms. Lungu further said Cabinet meant well when it approved the dual citizenship clause so that it can be taken parliament for final inclusion in the Zambia constitution as advocated by the majority of Zambians.
But Programme Director for Zambia Disability HIV/AIDS Human Rights Elijah Ngwale said his organisation was opposed to the idea of holding dual citizenship.
Mr. Ngwale said the clause will cause a lot of problems in the country because it will promote criminality as some unscrupulous people will take advantage of belonging to two different countries.
He said the country should be careful when implementing the clause on dual citizenship which was already in the draft constitution.
Mr. Ngwale argued that the clause was not good for developing nation such as Zambia but for countries which were already developed.
Yesterday President Edgar Lungu, who is in South Africa, disclosed that Cabinet has agreed that the issue of holding dual citizenship should be among non-contentious issues in the draft constitution.
He said the clause should be taken to parliament for enactment into the constitution and further said Cabinet at its last sitting unanimously resolved that Zambians be afforded an opportunity to hold dual citizenship as outlined in the draft constitution currently under consideration.
He said his government has realised that it was important for Zambians to hold dual citizenship so that the country can move in tandem with modern trends in the world.
President Lungu, who was accompanied by First Lady, Esther, was speaking in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday night when he addressed Zambians living in that country.