3 Malawi immigration officers answering charges of aiding illegal entry

The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court Tuesday adjourned a case in which three immigration officers are answering charge of aiding illegal immigrant entry.

The three were identified in the court as Dickens Chiutsi(41), Rex Peter Phiri(54) and 47 year old Bernard Zenifala Kadetseka .They are answering charge of aiding and abetting unlawful entry into Malawi of illegal immigrants which is contrary to section 36 (1) of the immigration act.

The court heard that on 30th December 2011 at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe the three aided the illegal entry of 10 Bangladesh nationals into Malawi. Two witnesses testified in court Tuesday.

Testifying in the court, two taxi drivers who operate at KIA said they took the ten illegal immigrants at the car park of the airport as they assumed they were customers because they needed a taxi to any of the lodges in the city of Lilongwe.

The two taxi drivers also told the court that upon reaching KIA Road block they were surprised to see no police officers but there were two civilian men with a gun who ordered them to stop and hand over car keys and driving licenses. Later, they were told that they were police officers and they should follow them.

The two drivers together with the 10 illegal immigrants are said to have been taken to Area 3 police station where their statements were recorded. Further investigations led to the arrest of the immigration officers; Chiutsi, Phiri and Kadetseka in connection with the illegal entry.

However, the two drivers were acquitted since they were found with no case to answer.

Senior superintendent N.T Chafikana told the court that five more witnesses will be paraded in court to testify on the case. The three suspects are still on bail.

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