BLANTYRE (Malawian Watchdog)—A directive was issued by Malawi President last year that all former Ministers as well as Members of Parliament be accorded diplomatic passports. This was and still remains the trend.
However, opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice presidency aspirant Sidik Mia, who has been a Member of Parliament and a senior Minister for some time, has seen his diplomatic passport withdrawn by government on political reasons.
The MCP guru, Business Magnate and Philanthropist Sidik Mia met his ordeal when he went to the Immigration Department to renew his passport to travel abroad.
The Immigration Department could not issue the new diplomatic passport after getting instructions from Ministry of Home Affairs that the document should be withheld and that Mia should wait for authorization.
Mia, however, said he could not be delayed on his foreign trip and applied for an ordinary passport like any other citizen.
“I could not wait for a diplomatic passport, I asked to get an ordinary passport like any other citizen,” said Mia.
He was given the ordinary passport and proceeded on his foreign trip.