Film board chief ‘won’t sur­ren­der’ Diplo­matic pass­port

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Kenya Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Board chief ex­ec­u­tive Ezekiel Mu­tua (pic­tured) yes­ter­day said he will not sur­ren­der his diplo­matic pass­port. The Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment last week an­nounced that Mu­tua, cur­rently in the US, should sur­ren­der his diplo­matic pass­port when he jets back as he does not qual­ify to hold one. This was fol­lowed by a so­cial me­dia outrage af­ter Mu­tua posted a photo of the pass­port on his Face­book ac­count. Im­mi­gra­tion di­rec­tor gen­eral Gor­don Ki­ha­langwa said Mu­tua’s pass­port will be re­voked when he re­turns and is­sued with an or­di­nary one. But Mu­tua said in a state­ment, “The pass­port is a priv­i­lege granted to me by the govern­ment in 2012 af­ter I was trans­ferred from the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.” He went on, “At no point have I abused or used the Diplo­matic pass­port for per­sonal gain.” Mu­tua said with­drawal of his pass­port must fol­low the pro­ce­dures. “I must protest ... the pur­ported re­vo­ca­tion of my pass­port with­out prior no­ti­fi­ca­tion,” he said. Mu­tua crit­i­cised learn­ing of such a de­vel­op­ment from the me­dia while abroad, say­ing it is not em­bar­rass­ing but un­fair. He said the pass­port was is­sued “legally and pro­ce­du­rally”. Last week, the Film Board boss posted a photo of the diplo­matic pass­port say­ing, “... some­one wrote in a lo­cal daily that I will never get a visa to the US. Well, I not only got it but it came with a Diplo­matic Pass­port.”

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