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24 Irregular Migrants Nabbed; Govt repatriates some back

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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services this week arrested 24 foreigners with 14 arrested in Northen Region and other 10 arrested in the Central region of Malawi.

Records from the department show that on Tuesday of 25th May, 2021, the department intercepted 14 foreign nationals for crossing into Malawi using undesignated crossing points and without valid travel documents, contrary to Section 5 of the Immigration Act of the Laws of Malawi.

The 14 were Tanzanian nationals and were arrested at Ngerenge Immigration road block which is manned by Songwe Immigration Officers in Karonga, and plays a pivotal role of intercepting irregular immigrants who are flocking into Malawi from countries of the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa, East Africa and Asia.

According to Sub-Insp. Stewart Mkwinda, the Public Relations Officer for Songwe immigration office, ,he confirmed that the 14 foreign nationals were declared Prohibited Immigrants and were repatriated back to the United Republic of Tanzania after undergoing a health screening exercise by officials from the Ministry of Health at the border, as per Covid-19 protocols.

The 10 foreigners arrested in Central region were arrested following an operation which was jointly conducted by officers from Immigration, Police and the National Intelligence Service.

Speaking to afriem.org, Central region Immigration Public Relations Officer Inspector Martin Gongolo hinted that the arrested foreigners includes 2 Ugandans, 5 South Africans, 1 Zimbabwean, 1 Mozambican and a Mosotho. They are currently appearing before the court of law to determine their fate.

Malawi is currently having a lot of illegal immigrants and currently the government is in the process of reallocating all refugees to Dzaleka Refugee Camp where by law they are supposed to stay.

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