Dual nationality act needs review

first_imgDear Editor,The issue of dual nationality has been in the news following the successful passage of the No-confidence Motion against the People’s National Congress/Alliance For Change Government. In the social novel Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens through his main character, Mr Brumble, wrote, “the law … is an ass (meaning nonsensical). It would seem the law on Guyana’s dual citizenship is an ass.”According to the Burnham Constitution, a born Guyanese who is a dual citizen cannot be a Member of Parliament or serve as President, and by extension, Prime Minister. But someone who was born outside of Guyana, and by virtue of it, holds dual nationality can serve in the above-mentioned positions. So, a “foreign born dual citizen Guyanese” has more rights than a local born dual citizen. That is inherently unequal, to quote the Chief Justice in the US Supreme Court decision on Brown v Bd of Ed (1954).The Dual Nationality Act must be unconstitutional as it allows for two types of citizens with differing rights – some enjoying more rights than others violating the principle of equality for all. Born Guyanese are less equal than foreign born Guyanese according to the Dual Nationality Act. Was that the intention of the law? When this law was drafted, no one gave serious thought that it is in fact an ass!In the US or any other country, this two-tier type of citizenship would not be allowed except for the presidency. In the US, any citizen, born (sanguis or blood) or naturalised (acquires citizenship through immigration) can run for any office and can hold any position except for the presidency (and by extension vice presidency since he or she can succeed the President).Which courageous (dual citizen) Guyanese is going to challenge this (idiotic) part of the law that grants more rights to non-born Guyanese?Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Man United defender admits Red Devils must improve at the back

first_img REVEALED Smalling admits United need to defend better 2 impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures At the same stage last season United had three clean sheets and just two goals against on their way to finishing second, with clean sheets in half their league matches.“Last season we picked up a lot of clean sheets and this year we’ve conceded early goals,” Smalling told MUTV. smart causal 2 RANKED Manchester United defender Chris Smalling admits clean sheets are the key to turning around their stuttering start to the season.Jose Mourinho’s side conceded seven goals in their opening three matches before registering their first shut-out in the 2-0 win at Burnley at the weekend. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack center_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “We need to get back what we’ve done in the last few seasons when we’ve conceded very few goals, like on Sunday.“It was down to us players to stand up tall and get a result, and we’re very happy with the win.“With us not having a game in the week, we’d been able to work on a lot of patterns of play and you could see them coming out and finishing with the goals, so we were happy with that.” MONEY highlights United conceded six goals in two games against Brighton and Tottenham Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more