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The Immigration Department will tightened migration controls in the country and at the border posts in a bid to stem the number of people entering and staying in Malawi illegally during the festive season.

Chief Immigration Officer, Hudson Mankhwala said his department will tighten security during the festive season as most people travel to and from other countries during the period.

“We will also conduct sweeping exercises with the police during the period to safeguard our country from people who enter Malawi illegaly,” he said.

In November President Peter Mutharika also disclosed that government was going to conduct a second sweeping exercise across the country as one of the aways of tightening security in the country.

The President said the Immigration Department, the Police and the Defence Force were going to team up in the exercise.

Civil society organisations (CSOs) and a constitutional law expert condemned the first joint security operation, saying it was a violation of people’s rights.

Malawi Police Service (MPS) in conjunction with Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Immigration Department and intelligence agencies carried out the operation on September 12 and 13.

During the exercise, undertaken amid concerns about increasing cases of insecurity in the country soon after President Peter Mutharika won the presidency in May, 2119 suspects were arrested and two guns confiscated.

National Police Deputy Spokesperson Mable Msefula said 987 suspects were arrested in the Central Region, 473 in the Southern Region, 414 in the Northern Region and 282 in the Eastern Region.

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