Dual Citizenship legislation gathers pace

Dithapelo Keorapetse.PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Dithapelo Keorapetse.PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2020 has finally being tabled before Parliament and the Member of Parliament for Selibe-Phikwe West, Dithapelo Keorapetse has called on the government to consider `batswana to hold dual citizenship which is currently outlawed in Botswana.

Debating the amendment of the Citizenship Act in Parliament recently, Keorapetse said dual citizenship is overdue and children reaching 18 years should remain Batswana even if they do not renounce other citizenships at age 18 or 21 years as a default position.

The Bill amongst others proposes to amend Section 15 of the Citizenship Act , which makes for provision for dual citizenship up to the age of 21. It is proposed that sections 9 and 15 of the Citizenship Act be amended by substituting the words 21 years with 18 years so that the provisions are consistent with the age of majority which has been reduced from 21 years to 18 years.

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