The government is investigating circumstances under which 93 diplomatic passports were issued to some Ugandans and non-Ugandans who do not qualify for these types of passports.
Appearing before the parliamentary committee on defence and internal affairs on Wednesday, Gen. Jeje Odongo, the minister of internal affairs told the MPs that his ministry had started investigating the matter and would take action.
“The issuance of 93 diplomatic passports is being investigated. How do Nigerians and so on, acquire our passports,” Gen. Jeje Odongo wondered.
The ministers’ decision to investigate the matter, followed complaints from MPs on how non-Ugandans were acquiring Ugandan diplomatic passport.
Kawempe south MP Mubarak Munyangwa said; “Recently I was traveling to Canada and next to me was a gentleman who I asked how he acquired the diplomatic passport he was carrying and in response he told me he got get because he is a businessman.”
Among the people allowed to have diplomatic passports are government ministers and their spouses, foreign affairs officers and their spouses and children.
Others are the head of public service, judges, the governor and the deputy governor of the Central Bank.
According to the law, chancellors and vice-chancellors of all state universities, religious leaders are also entitled to diplomatic passports.
Also eligible are the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, permanent secretaries as well as chairpersons of permanent commissions.