I WANT to correct what I believe are factual errors given by Features Writer (Times of Zambia, November 19, 2012) concerning Professor Clive Chirwa’s background. The Features Writer reports that Clive Chirwa’s mother, Tody, also comes from Eastern Province.
According to the information I have, Clive Chirwa’s mother. Agatha Mwamba, is evidently not from Eastern Province. In one article in the online magazine, UKZAMBIANS (June 26 2012), in which Clive Chirwa argued the case for dual citizenship, this is what he said about his background:
“If I was born three centuries ago in Central Africa, I would have been recognised to possess multi-citizenships as a Chewa (Jus sanguinis) through my father, as a Bemba (Jus sanguinis) through my mother and as a Lamba (Jus soli) since I was born in Mufulira and just being a Mufken.”
Further investigation reveals that Clive Chirwa’s father, Eford Noah Chirwa Sr, from Nyanda Village in Chipata moved to the Copperbelt with his parents Yona Kavilaba and Esnart Mukalimo where they were offered employment at Bwana Mukubwa Mines in Ndola. After a number of years of schooling, Clive’s father moved out of the family house in Ndola and started working first in Chingola and then settled in Mufulira. It is while in Mufulira when he met Clive’s mother, Agatha Mwamba.
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