The Parliament Of Zimbabwe has written a letter to all recalled Legislators requesting them to surrender their Diplomatic passports because “the purpose for which it was issued has fallen away”, The Herald reports.
A letter from Kennedy Chokuda the Parliament Clerk to the recalled legislators reads in part:
You may recall conditions for use of the document were linked to the tenure of the current Parliament inclusive of you being a serving Member of Parliament of Zimbabwe
It is not victimisation. The issue is the purpose for which it was issued has fallen away, they are no longer MPs
What we are saying is the circumstances under which the diplomatic passport was issued have changed. Furthermore, we are saying they are surrendering the diplomatic passport in exchange for the ordinary passport, so there is no prejudice they will suffer.
The recalled MPs include 21 MDC Alliance MPs and Senators and Zanu PF’s Killer Zivhu. Chalton Hwende’s letter requesting him to surrender his diplomatic passport was posted on Twitter by the ruling party’s affiliated twitter handle Zanu Pf Patriots.
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