Anti-Corruption Bureau nets two over Immigration matter

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday arrested two people for allegedly aiding and obtaining citizenship illegally.

Mankhwala: Facing charges for issuing citizenship to non Malawians without following procedures

The ACB, acting on a tip-off, arrested Hendrix Laher and Esili Kubwimana Malawian and Rwandese in Lilongwe and Blantyre respectively.

ACB’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala said Laher was suspected to have aided public officers to abuse their offices contrary to Section 35 of the Corrupt Practices Act.

“On 25th September, 2015, the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that on 14th May, 2014, the then Chief Immigration Officer granted Malawi Citizenship to Rwandan Nationals using a file belonging to another foreign national,” said Ndala.

“The Anti-Corruption Bureau instituted investigations and established that citizenships were granted to people who were not eligible.”

Kubwimana is suspected to have given false information to immigration officers when making applications for Business Resident Permit and Malawi citizenship contrary to Section 122 as read with Section 360 of Penal Code.

The two are expected to arraign in court once the Bureau has recorded caution statements.

The country has witnessed an influx of immigrants especially Rwanda and Burundi nationals who operate their businesses and live freely in the country’s major cities and trading centres without proper documentation.

Malawians have persistently questioned how these foreigners acquire citizenship, land and business permits without following procedures.

Earlier this month the ACB arrested former Chief Immigration Officer, Hudson Mankhwala for issuing citizenship to non Malawians without following procedures.

And last week acting Peoples Party (PP) president, Uladi Mussa handed himself to the Bureau for questioning over allegations that he illegally approved citizenships of hundreds of Rwandese, Burundi and other foreign nationals.

Mussa denied the allegations, claiming the issue is politically motivated.

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7 thoughts on “Anti-Corruption Bureau nets two over Immigration matter”

  1. jak says:

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  2. UDF, DDP, PP and again DDP have destroyed Malawi and make the nation very poor. The poorest on earth. These parties have the same blood. They all come from same root UDF. Thats why nothing has changed in Malawi. It will continue If DDP continue in 2019. Malawi think twice in 2019. U want change NO DDP or those parties who have caused suffering through corruption. Why not bring Chaponda to answer maizegate and money found in historia house? Who is Minister of algricuture after Chaponda? Is hus geting salar despite being fred, APM is protecting Chanda because he was his right hand and stealing for him. APM is afraid of Chaponda. He knows If. convicted he will review him.

  3. Esibi ya Petulo says:

    And it has taken our ACB three years to nab the dirty guys. Now ACB is waiting to take caution statements to take them to court . Koma ACB yaku Malawi eeh.

  4. Kudalira votiza Mbuli says:

    Raiply, a wood processing company just like WICO was with about 1,500 workers employing more than 30 expatriates from India some of who can not even write a report let alone sign their own names and living in Malawi for more than 15 years. I wonder which Immigration rules they are using. Koma dziko ili lokha ndiye Lawola. Kuyipa kwake atsogoleri ake osamva.

  5. Mphwache says:

    What about the 5,000 Zimbabweans with Malawi passports, who gave them?

    1. Talk about population in Malawi. Most People are not Malawians and buying land when some of US who are Malawians can not get it because of corruption. We can not afford to bribe City or Lands. Where do u see a Malawian get land in another country? Only corrupted Malawi.

  6. benjones says:

    Malawi the land of lawfulness.

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