Government has revealed that it will not take in applications for dual citizenship until the Immigrations and Citizenship Act are amended.
Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr Chileshe Mulenga told Journalists that those applying for dual citizenship will have to wait a little longer until Parliament amends the said laws.
Dr Mulenga explained that the new constitutional provision allowing dual citizenship is impotent as long as subsidiary laws remain unchanged.
He stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Zambian missions abroad has received numerous applications for dual citizenship which cannot be processed at the moment.
“Yes we have been receiving applications through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of queries from Zambians living in Zambia who want to take up dual citizenship, mostly these are Zambians who have been working abroad and have taken up other citizenships but want to reclaim their birth right as Zambians,” Dr Mulenga said.
Dr Mulenga who could not disclose when the amendments to the Immigrations and Citizenship Act would be made appealed for patience from Zambians wishing to take up dual citizenship as the paper work has already started to operationalise the new law.
The amended Zambian constitution provides for dual citizenship enabling Zambians to hold two passports of two different countries.