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The East African : January 27th 2014
The EastAfrican NEWS JANUARY 25-31,2014 NEW CONSTITUTION Dual citizenship plan now in the hands of MPs D≥afte≥s igno≥ed p≥oposals by Tanzanian gove≥nment RAY NALUYAGA The East African T anzanians are far from realising the right to dual citizenship after the drafters of the new constitution failed to take it into consideration. The government had proposed its inclusion into the draft law but the drafters have instead passed the matter to parliament. Foreign Affairs Minister Benard Membe had said that the government’s proposal to the drafters had prioritised dual citizenship. Mr Membe said the government was concerned that lack of dual citizenship was adversely affecting Tanzanians abroad as it hindered their access to reliable jobs, loans, health services and education in their new countries of residence. “In its proposals for the new con- stitution, my ministry gave priority to dual citizenship because we believe that our people abroad will be able to make an immense contribution to the development of their nation if we will achieve this,” he said recently as he presented the ministry’s budget estimates. The Citizenship Act of 1995 stipu- lates that a Tanzanian shall cease to be a citizen if, having attained the age of 18, he or she acquires citizenship of another country voluntarily other than by marriage. Speaking the launch of a new out- OTHER COUNTRIES Travellers being cleared to enter Tanzania at Namanga border. Picture: File reach project for Tanzanians living abroad, Mr Membe called on Tanzanians to put pressure on the Constituent Assembly to discuss and finally pass a provision that allows for dual citizenship in the new constitution. He dismissed as unfounded claims that dual citizenship could compromise national security. “A regular citizen living abroad cannot be a traitor,” he said. According to Mr Membe, many Tanzanian experts living abroad have the desire to support development initiatives at home through investments but cannot do so due to the fact that the country doesn’t allow dual citizenship. Mr Membe added that Ghana’s diaspora contributes $2.1 billion annually, Nigeria’s $3.1 billion, and Kenya’s $1.6 billion. He said Tanzania has about 2 million people living abroad but they contribute less than $100,000. Speaking to The EastAfrican, the Commissioner of the Constitutional Review Commission Simai Mohamed Said said the Commission received mixed views regarding dual citizenship, with the majority at the border saying they wanted it because of services they accessed from neighbouring countries. “When collecting views, we met people in border towns who by the nature of their geographical location have to cross the border to neighbouring countries for education for their children, medical serv- KENYA: A citizen by birth who acquired citizenship of another country and renounced the Kenyan citizenship may apply to regain citizenship after the country passed the new Constitution in 2010 UGANDA: In 2009, parliament passed a Bill that provided for dual citizenship. The Bill, however, prohibited holders of dual citizenship from serving in crucial political and security offices. ices and jobs,” he said. According to Mr Said, there are some families with close relatives in border towns of neighbouring countries. He said before the issue of dual citizenship is brought to the fore, it is important to establish exactly how many Tanzanians live abroad and what are their demands. He noted that some demands can be met without dual citizenship. The minister said those who can prove that they left the country for economic reasons may be allowed to buy land in Tanzania but be excluded from other citizenship privileges such as working as state officers or members of the defence forces. He added that those coming home after every three years over a particular period of time could be eligible for residency. Businessman Madaraka Nyerere, son of Tanzania’s first president the late Julius Nyerere, said a foreigner who wishes to invest in Tanzania is required to have a minimum capital of $100,000. “One can argue that it is easier to access investment funds abroad, so an individual does not necessarily have to invest from personal savings. If that is the case, it is difficult to understand how a person with $100,000 to invest would have a problem raising $800 annually for their residence permit,” he says. He said individuals who seek a good return on their investment will not invest in Tanzania because they hold dual nationality, but rather because, after considering the risks involved, Tanzania provides a good return on their investment compared with other countries. The commission recently re- leased a new draft constitution to the public, which proposes a threetiered government with separate administrations for the mainland and Zanzibar and an umbrella unity government, 3 MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK & FISHERIES NATIONAL IRRIGATION BOARD ISO 9001:2008 Certified AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ISO 9001:2008 Certified EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL OPEN TENDER PREQUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS TENDER NAME: CONSTRUCTION WORKS OF THE GALANA/ KULALU FOOD SECURITY PROJECT, TANA RIVER& KILIFI COUNTIES, REPUBLIC OF KENYA TENDER NO. NIB/T/083/2013-2014 1. 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