USA Clears Peter Mutharika On Dual-Citizenship Allegations: He Is Not An American Citizen-EmbassyThe US Embassy in Lilongwe has cleared Democratic Progressive Party leader Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika over the issue of citizenship saying he is not an American citizen.
The revelation by the United States of America government put to rest the fears that Mutharika, who is the DPP torch-bearer in 2014 presidential race, maybe barred by the law which does not allow a contestant to hold dual citizenship.
US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Gabriel Hons-Clivier said in a questionnaire response this week that Mutharika does not have an American citizenship but rather the green card.
“Said Hons-Clivier: “I checked with the embassy, and I can respond that Professor Peter Arthur Mutharika is a green card holder not an American citizen.”The US Embassy clearance confirms what Mutharika has been saying all along that he holds his allegiance to Malawi but that he has a 10-year multiple entry visa for the US through the green card and a 15-year multiple entry visa for United Kingdom.
In an interview Mutharika though his personal aide Ben Phiri said the issue of dual citizenship has never worried him as he prepares to contest the forthcoming presidential polls because he has never been a citizen of any other country apart from Malawi.
Said Phiri:To him life is as normal as it was, only that it puts to rest speculation that has been running for so long.”He said the speculations were originating from people who were desperate to see that Mutharika is barred from contesting the elections next year as he was a threat to their chances of winning.
Phiri also said 74-year-old Mutharika has never considered the pending cases as having potential to prevent him from contesting the elections because he was aware that none of the cases had merit until proven otherwise in a court of law.
On what Public Affairs Committee (PAC) asked President Joyce Banda three weeks ago that her government would like to push the court cases towards 2014 as to bar some candidates from contesting the elections, Phiri said ignoring advice from such a body would be done at one’s risk.