Malawi arrest 8 DRC rebels for illegal entry in Karonga

Malawi Police in Karonga the northern border district are keeping in custody suspected Congolese rebels who are members of the M23 group, on suspicion on entering the country illegally on Wednesday.

The suspected M23 DRC rebels arrested in Malawi's Karonga district.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

The suspected M23 DRC rebels arrested in Malawi’s Karonga district.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Police said the detained eight people were members of the M23 rebels hat launched a rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Karonga Police Officer in charge Edward Chingayipe would not say what evidence police collected to support their suspicions that they were M23 members.

Chingayipe identified some of the rebels as Amani Moseremu Richard 26 years, Sepa Museremu 21 years, Assumani Mosi Samora 19 years, Ombeni Malwibwine Malenga25 years and Deba Elisee 17 years.

According to Chingayipe the eight were re-arrested on Wednesday night after escaping from the department of immigration at Songwe border as they were claiming to be political asylum seekers.

“The eight were using uncharted routes and upon reaching at Songwe border, police apprehended them. After investigations we found out that they are members of M23 rebels of DRC,” said Chingayipe.

He said during interrogations, the DRC national admitted to be rebels who are seeking political asylum.

M23 is made up of former rebels who were integrated into the Congolese army in a 2009 peace agreement, but then deserted last year, complaining of discrimination and poor treatment.

Chingayipe said the eight will appear before court soon to answer charges of illegal entry.

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Mbava
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If they are real assylum seekers amathawitanji
mmanja mwa a immigration? Mlandu umenewo, ndi mbava zomenezo. A court thanani nawo

yuona
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Much as I respect human rights, koma apa we must trade carefully. Anthuwa afunsidwe mokwana bwino ndithu ndipo ngati ndikoenera abwezedwe ku DRC.

Alufeyo
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BBC wake up please. If and i repeat if at the end of the day these are a danger then send them back. As for Mwafulirwa the British are always gullible there is no FGM in Malawi. If she is a Lesbian who cares there are many of her type in malawi and there are not persecuted. Why should you be screaming am a lesbian? As for the Congolese i urge govt to be tough make malawi unattractive and like zambia the camp should be moved to Karonga and arrest any of them found in Lilongwe. In this country we… Read more »
zangaphe
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Alufeyo I think you have lost your senses nkhani ili apa sikugwirizana ndimunthu wamutchula apayu kodi iwe ndiwe otani musiye munthu apume nkhani ili yonse ingatuluke ukumamutchula ndikukudziwatu bwanji ukuvala chigoma osabwera poyera udzaona polekera iwe komawe umakhala ndudziwako nditha kukulembera aganyu mbuzi yeniyeni nde iwe komwe uliko udziwe zimenezo.

Clement
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Akufuna azibale awo ku north,ambiri kumeneko ndima congolize. akufuna kuwathandiza kuti ayime pawokha atumbuka!

jumani
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Please these people the way i look at them they are not fighters but they are trying to gain refugee status in malawi in such away of puting themselve on the cross by lie .

These people are refugees dont misstreat them listen to their stories …and make decision based on the evidence then send them home or consider them.. we know somany congeleese holding our chiphaso in Europe or canada they came in that way …

opportunist
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Please send them back immediately we are sick and tired of hearing of Ashababu, Isis, Bokoharam .Let them continue their killing else where otherwise we don’t like violate pple

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
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ASK UNITED NATIONS TO ASSIST YOU IN HANDLING THE GUYS, DO NOT RASH WITH THE RULING.

Richman
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Let them go to their country, ayenda bwanji kuchokera ku congo adusa maiko angati kuti afike kuno ku malawi, kwinaku kulibe ma Refugee camp apite basi angangoyamba kutibweresera ibola amenewo and I want to ask a BBC PHIRI KUTI ARE YOU A CONGOLEESE chifukwa zimene wanena sizikugwirizana ndi nkhani imeneyi you are there kukamkumba Mwafulirwa ali ku UK what is your problem ngati umaziwa zambiri osangopitako bwanji naweso ndikukapanga zimene anachita mwafulirwayu , ngati umakhala mu dzikomo ngati refugee uziwe kuti uli ndi mwayi ozakhala dziko la mtendere ngati limenero. Zachamba eti unasowa nkhani, Nobody wants to hear about Mwafulirwa’s… Read more »
BINTO BANDA
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APHUNZITSE A DPP CADET KUMENYA NKHONDO IJA YA ZIKWANJE

Limbani Maxwell Teputepu
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I do believe what has been published…. These young men can not be M23 rebels. Come on Mr Policeman..they just need asylum seeker documents. Please make sure to verify any information before you pass it to the media.

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