NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29 – Kenya Film Classification Board Chief Executive Ezekiel Mutua was on Thursday ordered to surrender his diplomatic passport for an ordinary one by the Immigration Department, since he is not entitled to one.
The department explained that Mutua was supposed to have returned the passport the moment he stopped being an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He got the passport in February 2013, when he was working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the Immigration Department.
Mutua had posted the passport on Facebook while telling the public he had been issued with a US visa despite his stand on gay rights.
The move led to public outcry over his firm remarks against the LGBT group, which is largely accepted in the US.
“Because of my stand on moral values, including the banning of content promoting LGBT and Atheists culture in Kenya, someone wrote in a local daily that I will never get visa to the US,” reads the post.
“Well, I not only got it but it came on a Diplomatic Passport and I didn’t even have to go to the Embassy for biometrics or pay the visa application fee. America here we come… TO GOD BE THE GLORY!”
Through their Twitter handle, the Immigration Department says Mutua does not fall under the Third Schedule of people entitled to diplomatic passports.
Mutua has been described as controversial over his position on various matters of public interest.