High court in Lilongwe has convicted Democratic Progressive Party vice president in central region Uladi Mussa and former regional immigration officer David Kwanjana for awarding Malawian passports to foreigners

Judge Chifundo Kachale has since reserved the sentencing in the case to next week

Mussa has been found guilty of authorizing issuance of passports to non Malawians when he was Minister of homeland and internal security.

However the court has acquitted two foreigners Pascal Rwasa and Esili Kwibwimana who were being accused of benefiting from the process.

Rwasa a Burundi national was arrested in March 2017 for presenting false information that he was related to another foreign national who was applying for Malawi citizenship by presenting the person as his dependant

While Kwibwimana a Rwandese national was arrested for giving false information to immigration officers when making applications for business resident permit and Malawi citizenship

In October last year High court found Uladi and four others with a case to answer.

The case also earned Mussa travel bans to United States of America.

Mussa and Kwanjana were charged with neglect of official duty and abuse of public office