Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bakili Muluzi Renews Passport

Former President Bakili Muluzi today took some time off from his B.C.A. Hill residence to visit the Immigration Headquarters in Blantyre and renew his expired passport.

Muluzi, looking frail and off-balance, arrived at the Immigration headquarters around 11 am, and went straight to the passport issuing officer's office. The former president emerged some 20 minutes later, and briefly waved at some on-lookers before jumping into his vehicle.
He was in the company of his bodyguard.
Muluzi is scheduled to go to South Africa anytime from now, and his only huddle was his expired passport- which expired on December 31, 2010 along with the rest of Malawians.
The High Court recently quashed government's request to call for an independent panel of doctors before allowing Muluzi to seek medical help in South Africa.
His son, Atupele, told local papers he was fearing for his father's health, fearing that his inserted discs could collapse anytime, eventually putting him at the risk of perpetual disability.
Muluzi is currently answering charges on alleged corrupt practices, and has been engaged in a protracted legal battle with the Anti-Corruption Bureau ever since he left office in May 2004. He is yet to appear in court as the case has been marred by injunctions and counter-injunctions, arguments and counter-arguments, and even frequent references to the Constitutional Court, responded to with yet more counter-references.

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