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Sadc extends mission in Mozambique

As Malawi pledges food assistance

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NEIGHBOURS—Chakwera and Hakainde (left), during the sumit

Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Heads of State and Government Wednesday agreed to extend the period for the Sadc Mission in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province.

The leaders reached the agreement at the end of the Extraordinary Summit of Sadc Heads of State and Government but could not explicitly indicate for how long they were extending the mission.

The period for the mission was expected to end on January 15 2022.

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In a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, the regional leaders said they would continue monitoring the situation in Cabo Delgado.

“The summit noted the good progress made since the deployment of the Sadc Mission in be qualified to acquire dual citizenship.

Chiponde added that the process had taken some time because the department wanted to develop guidelines for implementation of provisions of the Act.

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“Malawians were compelled to forfeit the citizenship of the country because of the old law but they will not be restricted now because of the new law and they will be able to do things they were failing to do before,” he said.

Security expert Aubrey Kabisala said dual citizenship would help Malawians in the diaspora take part in development activities back home.

However, Kabisala noted that the Malawi Government adopted the Malawi National Diaspora Engagement Policy in 2017 in order to provide a framework for its interactions with Malawians in the diaspora but its implementation has been a challenge.

“The issue of dual citizenship was captured in the Malawi National Diaspora Engagement Policy but it has taken years to implement it and this shows lack of seriousness on part of the government because Malawians in the diaspora are key to the development of the country,” he said.

The dual citizenship law would see interested Malawians in the diaspora being regarded as citizens of two countries while the old law only permitted Malawians under the age of 22 to have dual citizenship.

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