Peoples Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa was on Tuesday afternoon given bail, after spending a night in police cell following allegations he was involved in suspicious naturalisation of 50 foreigners when he was Home Affairs minister.
Mussa, who pleaded not guilty to the abuse of office and other corruption related cases, was told to have a K500,000 surety, he reports to the Anti Corruption Bureau offices every fortnight and surrenders his passport to the Lilongwe Magistrates Court which is hearing the case.
The PP leader is accused of dubiously issuing passports to 22 Burundians, 16 Rwandese, nine Ugandans and three Tanzanians.
His party, the Peoples Party has already described the state’s move to arrest him as politically inspired, but ACB publicist Eegrets Ndala has dismissed this.
Mussa appeared in court along with assistant chief immigration officer David Kwanjana who is answering similar charges.
Before the bail was granted, ACB prosecutors grilled Mussa on the role he played in the issuance of the passports to the 50 foreigners.
He told the court he followed all procedures as Home Affairs minister and there was nothing wrong.
Former Chief Immigration Officer Hudson Makhwala is also on bail, after being arrested on similar charges.
The matter has been adjourned to a later date.