Malawi police shoot bus carrying illegal immigrants: Arrest 61 Ethiopians

Malawi Police in Karonga has confirmed that on Saturday they shot a Toyota Coaster registration KA 3599 carrying illegal immigrants and then arrested 61 Ethiopians on board.

Shot:Toyota Coaster registration KA 3599 carrying illegal immigrants

Shot:Toyota Coaster registration KA 3599 carrying illegal immigrants.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Ethiopians at Karonga police station

Ethiopians at Karonga police station.-Photo by Twionge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Police shot the vehicle’s left rear and front tyres to force the driver to stop. The Toyota Coaster is licensed to carry 24 passengers by overloaded with 61 Ethiopians who were arrested on spot but the driver ran away.

Karonga Police Station spokesperson Enock Livason said Police are yet to identify the driver, but the vehicle is said to belong to Jeremiah Luka of Lunzu in Blantyre.

Livason explained that the minibus was coming from Songwe border heading to Karonga Boma and it was intercepted at North Rukuru Roadblock where the driver tried to beat a security check.

The Ethiopians have been charged with the offence of illegal entry and are expected to appear before court soon.

Authorities in Malawi are stepping up efforts to crack down on criminal syndicates that are aiding influx of illegal immigrants from Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

While Malawi shares borders with Zambia, Mozambique, police records indicate many illegal immigrants find their way into the country through uncharted routes through the hills of northern Karonga district, which borders Tanzania.

Lawyer George Kadzipatike, who has represented some of those accused of aiding illegal immigrants, says Malawi’s overly lenient anti-immigration are to blame.

“When one has been convicted of aiding and abetting the illegal immigrants, the maximum fine is MK25,000,” he said, adding that people concerned about illegal immigration should lobby parliament for stiffer penalties.

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31 thoughts on “Malawi police shoot bus carrying illegal immigrants: Arrest 61 Ethiopians”

  1. kate says:

    Osatchula za anthu a kumpoto apa. Mwini wake wa Basiyi ndi wa ku BT. zopusa basi. Ife akumpoto timakhala busy ndi zinthu zoti zitha kuthandiza osati ngati izi.

  2. Robertrose mkandawire says:

    Bawezgeleni kwawo banthu aba chonde! Chifukwa chavichi bali kulimbikla kwiza kuno ku malawi?
    Send them back to their home,why do they like to find exile in malawi?

  3. Taweni says:

    IN UK Airlines pay in excess of UKP22,000 for abating or transporting a passenger into that country.

    Citizen

  4. Ndiye says:

    Just Deport Them. Asatilemele.

  5. Boogle says:

    awotchedwe amenewo, tikawapeza kwawo ndianthu akhanza.

  6. gonthoka says:

    akumpoto nafe tili ndi vuto lwabasi nthawi zonse timakonda kuwathandizira anthuwa chifukwa chiyani ” dyera too much. chonchi tinga limbe ndi dziko lathu. sili khala la zifwamba?

  7. Yang banks says:

    Zilikumalawi pa mpanje geto

  8. Missy says:

    Abwelele Atipatsa Ebola

  9. PETER says:

    FIND THE SOLUTION ARREST MEANS NOTHING

  10. Kenneth duwa says:

    Off coz u arrested them bt all hve eguiped lik passport/visa card.as u malawian wat’ll u do wth them if other founded wthout travel document.

  11. ricky says:

    iv leant in life that no 1 chose 2belong 2aparticular nationality.2b found in apcfu contly like malw isagood reason 2thank God, the whore world wz made 4God’s ppl 2dwell on it

  12. Mtukwa Gwaza says:

    YES,malawi police you have done a good job.

  13. GRM says:

    They call themselves Ethiopians but they are actually Somalians. Tikuthandiza AL Shabab ife.

  14. Benford says:

    Europeans and Americans well come them because they bring foreign currency in our coffee Ethiopians send them back their home land,South Africans especially blacks and Somalians send them back their home the same day.

  15. Garu Wa Garu says:

    If that is what the law says do it. LAW OF THE LAND SHOULD WORK.

  16. Malawian says:

    Malawi the poor part of africa

  17. Che Matola says:

    I hope dese folks dey are on transit to Rsa so let dem pass to meet Afro-Haram in KZN,

  18. Malipeya says:

    THE CHALLENGE OF MALAWI AS A WARM HEART OF AFRICA AND THE LOST SPIRIT OF SECURITY AMONG CITIZENS, AMALAWI TISAMALE KWAMBIRI. KU ETHIOPIA NDAPITAKO KANGAPO NDI DZIKO LOCHITA BWINO, KOMA SINDIMAZIWA KUTI MA ETHIOPIANS KU SOUTH AFRICA AMAFUNAKO CHANI. ABALE ANTHU NDI AWO AKUWAPHA NGATI NNKHUKU, ZOVUTA ZEDI

  19. From songwe board to rukulu roadblock how many rodblks r btwn????napa ipongo bubo pawa ichuku basi tufwile.

  20. mc 4 says:

    Akimbizi Oye!!!!!!

  21. Lawyershit says:

    This lawyer representing the accused has no clients in Malawi and this is where you see weakness of this professional. Our courts need to severe punish these types of lawyers. Of course many lawyers look the magistrate M’BOTOLO.

  22. LET ETHOIPIAN GOVT DO SOMETHING TO THEIR CITIZENS, MALAWI ETHOIPIAN OFFICE TO DO SOMETHING ALSO BY HELPING THEM TO GO BACK HOME.
    A MALAWI KUZALOWESE ZIDA, INGAKHALE AMATI AMAPITA KU SOUTH AFRICA. KHAYA ????????????????

  23. wawaruh says:

    tough times do not last but tough people do last and perish

  24. RESEARCHER says:

    Amalawi anzathu akuzunzika ndi moyo ku RSA pamene ife ainiake kuno tikuthandizira anthu kulowa mdziko lathu. Ambuye athandize Malawi.

  25. mapasa says:

    Who is an illegal immigrant? mwaiwaila kuti inu a Malawi mu mbweee! ku south Africa and as a country we have bebefited alot?

    Who can want to Live in a war country on earth? A Malawi timadziwika ndi chikhristu why kumanga anthu omwe akufuna mtendere?

    Amasuleni anthu musawadzunze mu ndende asiyeni nawo apeze nawo ufulu tikunyadilawu muno mmalawi?

  26. icredible says:

    let those who have a hand in these malpractices be justified,because somewhere somehow a big fish arranged for these illegal immgrants.

  27. chimboro says:

    look now Police have shooting because ndi mbuli. IG ,shoot those abducting albinos not those other crime.

  28. Karo gaii says:

    Kenya has so far closed their refugee camps with the issue of habouring the terrorist.Our camps they still refug refugees like the somalise.My question is,”is our gvt sure enough that our camps cant habour these security threats?”we will think over it when we will be deadly attacked

  29. che chipojola olowesa jando kwangonji . says:

    Palibeso zachamba apa, zamanyibasi akazizi amenewa azipita kwawo,Ashabaab, isafike kuno, apolisi plz shoot those rats.

  30. Issa Kabudula says:

    Our brothers which their destination is South Africa – they are in double troble because South Africa itself it is boiling. Please Malawi the warm heart of Africa help these poor boys safely to be back home, after giving them chambo to eat, msima and thelele. It tough time for every one even Malawians in South Africa are in tents and camps eating less and many injured and countless missing – Shame to Africa and Africans.

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