People’s Party (PP) interim leader Uladi Mussa who was recently arrested over the apparent citizenship and passport scams is challenging Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and government to arrest and charge Minister of Home Affairs Grace Chiumia on abuse of office and corruption.
Whitsle-blower is said to have alerted law enforcing agencies that the Minister of Home Affairs has influenced the issuing on Business Resident Permit (BRP) to an Asian businessman Kassam Nurmahomed who was recently arrested by the Immigration Department.
Nurmahomed was arrested for contravening the Citizenship Act after he was found in possession of a British and Malawian passport when he was about to leave the country for South Africa.
According to documents seen by Nyasa Times, Nurmahomed had acquired the Malawian passport number MA 867427on 26 April 2016 and started using it alongside his British passport.
Malawi laws prohit dual citizenship.
But after money – about $5 000 – exchanged hands, Chiumia influenced the Immigration Department to issue Nurmahomed a BRP.
Now Mussa is turning the heat on Chiumia, saying she is abusing her office to authorise BRP for the Asian businessperson after gratification.
“Where is ACB? What is government going to do with a Minister who is abusing office,” wondered Mussa.
Immigration sources confirmed that the BRP on Nurmahomed issues “on directives from Minister of Home Affairs.”
Chiumia could not immediately comment.
But Mussa, who faces charges based on what is alleged to have been his final authorisation to an apparent irregular process that saw the Immigration Department granting citizenships and passports to immigrants from neighbouring countries, says the issue of Chiumia should also see its day in court.
Mussa, who is accused of having appended his signature to the said irregularities while he was Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security over three years ago, was charged along with former senior assistant chief immigration officer David Kwanjana, who also denied the charges.