Uladi says US Visa ban totally wrong: ‘I am innocent of corruption until proven guilty by court’

Newly appointed presidential special advisor on parliamentary affairs, Uladi Basikolo Mussa, has described the decision by the United States Government to ban him and his spouse Cecilia from entering the US for his alleged involvement in “significant corruption” as wrong,  arguing that he is innocent until proven guilty by the court of law.

Uladi Mussa: did not plan to travel to the US anytime soon.
Pic by Roy Nkosi

Mussa allegedly engaged in and benefited from public corruption in relation to his official duties while minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security during the Joyce Banda administration.

He is facing corruption charges and abuse of office in a case which has stalled since he joined the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) where he holds an influential position of Vice President for central region.

But Mussa has questioned the motive by the US Government, saying he did not expect them to act on an issue that is still in court.

“The decision is totally wrong; nobody is guilty until proven guilty by a court of law,” said Mussa.

He maintained to deny any wrongdoing in the passport scandal.

”I did my noble duty as a minister and, as far as I am concerned, I am innocent,” said Mussa.

The presidential advisor added that he did not plan to travel to the US anytime soon.

In a statement dated July 3 2019 seen by Nyasa Times, the US Embassy said the decision is in line with Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programmes Act of 2019.

It states that Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the US.

Reads the statement in part: “The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their family members.  In addition to the designation of Mr. Mussa, the Secretary is also publicly designating Mr. Mussa’s spouse, Cecilia Mussa.”

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The Patriot
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The Patriot

Simple explanation to a very dull politician whomis not even worthy to be a councillor! The most sophisticated and powerful country on earth with the most sophisticated intelligency on earth has done its investigations and has seen it fit to label you a corrupt Malawian politician, FULL STOP. Now when America catches a cold, all the West will sneeze! Very soon the UK, Germany etc will follow suit! In a nutshell zanu zada boss, ku Mecca kokha ndikumene mungapite! Mulandu wanu uli ku court? Hehehehe….America knows how African courts treat cases of powerful and corrupt politicians!!!

Phingo Walusa
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Phingo Walusa

Machende ako iwe, ndiye gulu la mbuzi nokhanokhanu! No wonder muntharika surrounds himself with people like you. Mumaganiza ngati ndinu anzeru dziko lonselino bwanji? You mean you don’t even regret giving Malawi a corrupt and dangerous face to the rest of the world because of the crooks you gave the malawian passports. China chimveke advisor koma ameneyu, mbuzi nokhanokha!

che nnungu
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Until proven guilty bt courts. Allah already proved you are guilty Galu wakuba unabela ma Burundi ku Limbe. Chidzete

National CEO
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National CEO

My God, why on earth was this man born?

GANGWAYI
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GANGWAYI

Panga appeal against the ban hahahahaha mesa ndiwe dolo tikuonetu apa pitako ngati ukuchita makani ukaone zokhoma.

Cashgate1
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Cashgate1

Uladi Uladi Uladi. You mean until the corrupt courts proven you innocent? Its just that we’re unfortunate as country that we’ve a delinquent president who support some delinquents ministers (You are an example). Otherwise if we tolerate stupidity and corruption, USA does not and they’ve nothing to lose.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

I don’t know why we insist on this useless phrase “innocent until proved guilty by the court” if people are innocent why are they arrested? It should be “guilty until proved innocent by the court”

Tipex Janensah
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Tipex Janensah

Birds of the same feathers flock together. America helps Malawi 🇲🇼 to fight corruption while the Head talks about fighting corruption while shielding the corrupt.

Befitting title to DPP Government. Indeed they need Corruption Advisor as DPP is all corrupt.

Khima
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Khima

Mr Mussa nkhani si corruption koma facilitating a process to award Malawian Passports to illegal people who can take advantage of our “clean” status to undertake sinister acts ku maiko ena. Mzija timamva kuti Mmalawi amugwila ku Indonesia drug trafficking…

Neno
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Neno

What you did Oladi Mussa it is arisk to American security and even bad to Malawi as a nation.