Homeland Security Minister Nicholas Dausi has since touted the amended piece of legislation as “progressive”.
The approved changes to the Malawi Citizenship and Immigration Act of 1966 will allow Malawians to be citizens of another country.
Before the amendment, Malawi Republican Constitution did not allow Malawian citizens and foreign nationals of Malawian descent above the age of 18 to hold dual citizenship.
Speaking after the bill was passed in Parliament, Minister of Homeland Security’s Nicholas Dausi thanked Members of Parliament on both sides for passing the legislation saying it will help empower women.
He said Malawian women who married foreigners were losing their Malawian citizenship but that will not be the case once the bill comes into effect.
“I think Malawian women can celebrate that they have a government that is at the heart of women emancipation,” Dausi said.
He added that new legislation is important to the socio-economic development of the country.
During debate for the bill, Malawi Congress Party spokesperson on legal issues supported the amendment bill but said there was need for a comprehensive review of the Citizenship Act.