Former chief Immigration officer Hudson Mankhwala has told the High Court that former minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Uladi Mussa was misled when he signed documents to facilitate processing of work permits for foreign nationals.
The former Immigration boss said this during cross-examination as a State witness in a case in which Mussa, now governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the Central Region but then serving in the People’s Party (PP) administration, is answering a charge of abuse of office for allegedly facilitating issuance of passports and work permits to over 50 foreigners.
Mankhwala told the court that Mussa was not a technical person to verify some things.
He said: “The minister is not a technical person and he was misled into believing that the file was authentic. He based his decision on recommendations…”
The High Court in Lilongwe yesterday resumed hearing the case and the State is expected to parade five more witnesses after Mankhwala.
In March last year, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Mussa on charges of negligence and abuse of office.
Mussa, then in the opposition, said the arrest was politically-motivated.