Convicted former minister of Home Affairs who was also vice president for Democratic Progressive Party (Centre), Uladi Mussa and former Regional Immigration Officer for the Central Region, David Kwanjana, have applied for bail pending appeal hearing.
Lawyer for the two, Paul Maulidi, wants his clients to be released, arguing it would be injustice for them to be in prison for years, in case the Supreme Court of Appeal rules in favour of the two.
Justice Chifundo Kachale last year sentenced the two to five years imprisonment for abuse of public office and negligence of official duties.
Mussa was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in March 2017 on allegations that in 2013 while serving as minister of Home Affairs, he and other officials from the Immigration Department fraudulently issued citizenships and passports to Burundians and Rwandese, among other foreign nationals.
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