According to the Committee chairperson Betty Nambooze, several Ugandans not designated to hold the diplomatic passports poses the red passports. She cited local government councillors and ordinary citizens.
The Government AssurancesCommittee of Parliament has asked the
Ministry of Internal Affairs to provide a list of 699 Ugandans holding
The committee’s probe follows concerns of Ugandans holding diplomatic and
official passports obtained through irregular channels.
According to the Committee chairperson Betty Nambooze, several Ugandans are illegally in possession of red diplomatic passports. She cited
local government councillors and ordinary citizens.
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The committee was on Tuesday meeting Ministry of Internal Affairs officials led by the Minister Kahinda Otafire. They were appearing before the committee to answer queries
on assurances raised on the floor of Parliament.
According to Immigration, diplomatic passports are possessed by
individuals like Ministers and official
passports which are green in colour are held by high ranking Government
officials, while the black and blue passports are held by ordinary citizens.
Nambooze also questioned if individuals who get the special
passports return them when they retire or resign. However, Otafire said it
is an option if the person wants to retain or return the passport.
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Otafire said the diplomatic passports are issued for the protection
of people who enjoy diplomatic status like Ministers, senior religious leaders,
Members of the Diplomatic service, senior judicial officers among others.
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Joseph Ssewungu, the Vice-Chairperson of the committee and Kalungu
West MP tasked the Ministry of Internal Affairs to avail a list of all Ugandans
holding the diplomatic passports in 7 days. He says some people are misusing
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The committee also tasked the Ministry to explain why non-Ugandans are holding
Immigration stated that so several persons have been arrested for
this especially West Africans.
The MPs also tasked the officials why the Government has not set
up a separate passport processing office for labour export companies to reduce the
congestion and chaos at the immigration.
However, Otafire told the MPs that Labour export companies will no
longer process passports for migrant workers.