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Foreign Tanzanians’ to have resident permits

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    [TD="class: kaziBody"]From FINNIGAN WA SIMBEYE in Dodoma, 30th July 2011 @ 20:00.

    TANZANIANS who have assumed foreign nationalities will get permanent resident permits starting next year as government evaluates the possibility of having a dual citizenship law.

    This was said by Home Affairs Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha in Parliament on Friday evening while winding up debate relating to his ministry's budget estimates.

    Mr Nahodha, who drew a lot of attention from the lawmakers because of presenting his ministry's budget from an ipad tablet, said the permits will allow those seeking dual nationality to enjoy all the rights as nationals except seeking public office.

    "They will be free to come home and invest or do whatever they want like ordinary citizens but they won't be allowed to vote," Nahodha told the august House before it adjourned for weekend recess.

    He said the permits are a step towards enacting the dual citizenship law which needs careful consideration.

    Debating Nahodha's budget, some lawmakers wondered why the government was reluctant to allow Tanzanians who have become citizens of other countries to retain their home citizenship, a situation that may benefit the country.

    Currently, the law forbids Tanzanians from becoming other countries' citizens while retaining their home citizenship.

    Meanwhile, Minister Nahodha downplayed Shadow Minister, Godbless Lema's condemnation of the police force as 'trigger happy rascals' who have indiscriminately killed innocent civilians without being charged.

    Nahodha said that police officers who kill people deliberately or accidentally are probed and charged because the government respects and defends human rights. Nahodha named several police officers who have been charged for killing civilians.

    "We all know that Abdallah Zombe and his colleagues were charged of murdering businessmen but the court set them free.

    "It wasn't the executive that set the culprits free but the justice system which we all must respect without our preferences," Nahodha said in a winding up speech which lasted less than 30 minutes.

    In his budget estimates presentation which was packed by strong criticism against the police force and executive for killing innocent civilians during peaceful demonstrations, Mr Lema said a 2003 report by Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance accused the police of killing more than 50 civilians.

    "The police force has been taking illegal orders from politicians to fire on innocent civilians which must be stopped and condemned," Lema demanded.

    Mr Lema, who was given marching orders from the House by Deputy Speaker, Job Ndugai after his presentation last Thursday morning, wanted Nahodha to give the government's position on the killings.

    Parliament endorsed the 2011/12 budget of Ministry of Home Affairs after an additional thirty minutes given by Mr Ndugai during the evening session last Friday ended with several lawmakers lined up to seek clarification on various issues relating to policy and specific votes.
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