People’s Party (PP) leader in parliament and party’s acting president Uladi Mussa should “face the law” for illegally approving citizenships of hundreds of Rwandese, Burundi nationals, the Home Affairs and Internal Security minister Jappie Mhango has said.
Mhango accused Mussa of “criminal negliegence” when he served as Home Affairs Minister during the Joyce Banda administration.
He said the PP leader should be quizzed in the matter and that a due process of the law should take place.
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has since commenced investigations against Mussa after reports indicate that a Burundian, Hakizimana Egide, applied for his citizenship and that of other four family members in September 2013, and paid K2.5 million for Mussa to grant them citizenship.
Egide applications were approved just within a month.
Mussa was earlier on exposed by a Rwandese, Eric Banyana, who instead of applying for citizenship for only his wife and children ended up adding six more people on the application.
But Mussa feign ignorance of the issue, arguing the government wants to “cook up” cases against him for political vendetta.
“This DPP government does not want opposition, so any leader or critic of the administration will face persecution either through trumped up charges or even elimination,” said Mussa.
Mussa said while he was a minister, he never approved anything without the controlling officer.
The influx of Rwanda and Burundi nationals in the country’s major cities and trading centres has persistently worried locals who wonder why and how these foreigners acquire citizenship, land and business permits without following procedures.