Tanzania deports 12 Malawians amid straining diplomatic relations

The government of Tanzania has deported 12  Malawians – most of them youths under the age of 30 – who are since being detained in a removal detention camp while waiting for deportation, Malawi government officials have confirmed.

Shaibu displaying the PI documents from Tanzanian Authorities

Shaibu displaying the PI documents from Tanzanian Authorities

The deportation comes a few days after Lilongwe wrote Dodoma protesting the latter’s newly published map that has part of Lake Malawi on it.

Songwe Boarder publicist Yusuf Shaibu confirmed the development to Nyasa Times, adding that most of the deportees  are Tongas from the lakeshore district of Nkhata Bay and were arrested in their respective work places in Dare Salaam.

“We were surprised seeing that immigration authorities from Tanzania have brought Malawians to our post claiming that they were found in their country without work or business permits as they were carrying out an ongoing national operation, a thing which has not been happening for a long time,” said Shaibu.

He then identified some of the deportees as Moses Nkhwazi, 32, Mdula Mwaipopo, 24, Thomas Kamanga, 20, Kidry Essau, 19, Jackson Villium, 22, Ethel Kalambo, 25, Nelly Moses, 18 and Ennelles Chirwa 26.

Thomas Kamanga confided in Nyasa Times in an interview that “we are wondering why the Tanzanian government is only targeting Malawians despite there being a number of illegal immigrants from other countries like Zambia.”

He added: “The bad thing is that when Tanzanians come here we treat them as brothers and sisters but when we go to their country nowdays, we are illtreated.”

Meanwhile, some quarters suspect that the Tanzanian government has embarked on the “deportation campaign” as one way of expressing their anger over the boundary disputes between the two countries – especially on the Lake Malawi.

Most of the districts in the northern region are harbouring hundreds of Tanzanians living in the country illegally; and, on top of that, operating shops illegally.

In 2013, Malawians living in Tanzania were also chased and some fishermen beaten when the disagreements over the lake had reached their apex.

The development may spark a tit-for-tat action whereby Malawians may start chasing Tanzanians living illegally in the country.

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38 thoughts on “Tanzania deports 12 Malawians amid straining diplomatic relations”

  1. pinango says:

    If there is a need for these illegal immigrants to be deported, why not. Well done Tanzania. No body z above the law

  2. KARU UNITED says:

    During Dr. Banda’s reign, Malawi NEVER cooperated with Tanzania, partly because Tanzania was harbouring Malawian rebels like Peter Mutharika, Kanyama Chiume just to mention a few, we never used their ports, when anarchy broke out in Mozambique, we used the South African port of Durban. Multipartyism opened the northern boarder & in the process imported the dirtness of vending and shiting anywhere.

  3. kambuwi says:

    What tanzania is needed to know is about this, all around the globe( world) is occupied by problems like war, disease, economy crisis, job problems. Once you take your country is like paradise is too bad. Dunia tambala mbovu. The bad thing what tanzania was done last week, even Burundian was taken to court that they had no

  4. estone says:

    The goverment of tanzania has started deporting illegal immigrants who working here in tz without proper documents,nt only malawian who are facing this,there is chinese,nigerian,burundi,rwandese,kenyans and many more nationalities so its nt straight facing only malawian,please nyasatimes dont misinform people malawi and tanzania we are good neighours we depend each other in many ways

  5. Tengupenya says:

    Palibe nkhani apa. If you do not have proper immigration papers, you are a prohibited immigrants; aliens who must be sent back to where they are welcome. Whether Malawi entertains undocumented travelers from Tanzania is immaterial.

  6. Mark Saoneka says:

    Komatu tsiku lina ma Taifawa adzadziwa chomwe chinadula mutu wa Zizwa, kutiona kufupika chiani? Adzamenyedwa tsiku lina amenewa, akuoneka kuti sanaonereko ndeu yomenyana Mwana ndi Wankulu, imaseketsa kkkk nde amawina ndi mwana. Better be it sweeping out process of undocumented immigrants not attaching issues surrounding the L.Malawi border.

  7. sober minded says:

    I don’t see how we should be wasting time debating the issue of deportation of twelve stupid lawbreakers in a foreign country. It is illegal to reside and work in another country without proper documents. These dudes were contravened Tanzanian laws and they should be dealt with accordingly. The fact that Malawi is not reinforcing its laws by letting illegal immigrants to to work without documents doesn’t make Tanzania faulty. This actually goes a long way to explain why our country has quickly been handed over to foreigners. Our systems are so porous and no one seems interested to make anything work… That is the tragedy called Malawi!

  8. ali nd ndege za nkhondo zokwana 100, nde tingamake?

  9. Ruben Kacheche says:

    All over the World people without documents face such problems. South Africa does the same. Unless they deport those with valid documents then there is an issue or they practice xenophobia. If Tanzanian’s and other nationals stay in our country without papers then it’s our problems. The Government should ensure that Malawi a can easily get passport because that contributes for people to move without passports then the other thing is work permits. One can’t be working working without them. Let’s be not be emotional amangwetu. We go to collect vehicles in TZ , do they refuse us ?

  10. Malipeya says:

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE SUGGESTION BY TABIA NJEMA. WE NEED TO HAVE OUR GOVERNMENT TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE DIPLOMATICALLY. WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT WE STILL HAVE MANY OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN TANZANIA, SO CHASING THE TANZANIANS MAY AFFECT THE WELFARE OF OUR BROTHERS THAT SIDE.

    IF WE WANT TO CHASE THEM HERE LET US FIRST ASK ALL OUR BRTHERS AND SISTERS TO FIRST LEAVE TZ AND THEN WE CAN ACT THAT WAY. UNFIRTUNATELY SOME OF OUR BROTHERS ARE IN TZ FOR THEIR SURVIVAL. MALAWI GOVERNMENT MUST WAKE UP AND CREATE INITIATIVES THAT CAN SUPPORT THE WELFARE OF ITS CITIZENS. I CRY WHEN I SEE SOME OF THE WORK MY BROTHERS ARE DOING IN SOUTH AFRICA. THEY ARE BETTER OFF HERE THAN IN RSA.

  11. Gwarawara says:

    Tanzania, please please chonde, take the northern part of Malawi. We belong more to Tanzania than Malawi. Almost all deportees are from the north, which only shows how attached we are to TZ.
    You will also note that most Tanzanians have settled in north Malawi.

    1. zebron henry banda says:

      You can migrate and stay there if you so wish.idiot!

  12. Udzudzu says:

    Tanzania has started a national wide campaign against illegal immigrants, especially those working without work permits as required by their labour laws. The chinese have so far been the most affected group. There are also Indians and other nationalities. Do not link this with the Lake dispute. It is part of the magufulification process. They are just enforcing their labour laws. If we have tanzanians here working illegally just depot them if they have contravened our laws. Deportation is known under international law. Try to go to Germany or any European country and work illegally and see what will happen. The same thing.

  13. people says:

    Tanzanians are all over lilongwe operating saloons and barbershops. Do we need them to have permits for such stupid jobs? Sleeping Malawi Immigration Dept, take them out of our site.

  14. deportation is part of government job but if relations between countries are good sometimes they just leave things as they are without havoc. I just suggest let’s leave the Tanzanians in our country then they will be ashamed of their I’ll treatment of their brothers, they must learn from us and tell them you can deport our Malawians but we will not do the renditions of their people

  15. Tonde says:

    Abali muzuli ife amalawi simungatithamangitse tamanga maziko kuno ana mwachepa

  16. When you are in a landlocked country. With a govt that sold all its companies to people who didn’t have the capacity to sustain them, struggling to provide employment even run basic services to its citizens, you can’t manage to bring in boarder conflicts. Mugulife is trying to be a big boy but in a wrong way

  17. sayin it as it is says:

    vuto lili apa ndilakuti walemba nkhaniyi ndi ntumbuka…vuto la atumbuka ndi kusamvetsa zinthu…anthu mukuti awathamangitsawo achita kuvomela kuti alibe ma papers ogwilila ntchito…nde mukati ku malawi kuno kuli ma taifa omwe akugwila ntchito opanda ma papers..inu osawauza a immigration bwanji?zikuonetsa kuti immigration yawo ikugwila bwino ntchito…osati zakunozi….a countrys laws are just being put to work…vuto la nkhaniyi ndi loti…walemba nkhaniyi ndi NTUMBUKAAA..kusamvetsaa

  18. mwandira says:

    Govt shud start deporting illegal immigrants. I have seen illegal immigrants including Tanzanians trading in Rumphi, Mzimba, Dowa, Mzuzu. Can police start working?

  19. Vuto mhango says:

    Akuti we treat them as brother…no no no,you are corrupt. And how do you know it’s only malawians deported? Did you expect a Zambian to be brought at our border? Twat..stay with proper papers kwa eni

  20. Euel Mwchipwato Nyirenda says:

    Matafa onse must leave,ife aMalawi ku north we just watch phwi!! anzathu akuthamangisidwa in TZ.Look,in Mzuzu we have Taifa market killing our economy

  21. Tit for tat says:

    DPP was promising Malawians during campaign that the Lake Malawi issue was going to be sorted out whether by hook or crook and there was no way Tanzania was going to take a cent meter of our Lake.

  22. Frankly speaking says:

    Dears if we do not enforce laws in our country let us not say Tanzanians are doing bad things. We must understand that laws are laws they have to be applied regardless who is affected. I am surprised how naive some Malawians take issues. Thus why when we know our colleague is stealing we do not report or when reported then we say it is jealousy. Please let us be civilised zachimizi basi

    Please note that in Tanzania they have voted for an action-man president who is turning around things for the better of that country. so every ministry has started working now there within short time they got a new president.

  23. Andrew K says:

    The article is subjective than being objective.

    Other citizens frm differnt countries including those frm the East African region has been in this same situation.

    It is therefore not true that Malawians have singlehandedly being targeted.

    As professional scribes,dont create a situation whereby u readers shud think that the depotations are related to the ongoing Lake Malawi rangle…
    I rest my case!

  24. Immigration says:

    Ignorance is a big issue among Malawians if these people do not have documents to live in TZ they will be deported it’s that simple. Why are we so ignorant of basic things like migration procedures. Follow the proper procedure and you will not be kicked out.

  25. Imraa Sadick says:

    Boma lathu likukanika kudyetsa ma citizens ake ochepa omwe alibe chakudya` ndiye kuyamba nkhondo tingalimbe? I doubt
    dziko lathu ndilomvetsa chisoni amangwetu,ife koma Cashgate ndikugona ndi tiana ta xool

  26. kk says:

    Anaonjeza. the question is do we Tanzanians living in Malawi without legal document? deport them. TZ were just doing their job. If we keep and entertain foreigner here without legal doc then its our problem.

  27. smoko boy says:

    chase all Tanzanians from the warm heart of africa. Treating them fairly here doesnt mean that we are stupid. Its now time for tit for tat, period.

  28. chokani Banda says:

    During colonia most Africans travel without passport and there no boardaries as it is to day. We are teating each other bad and we expect Europe to treat us good How. The example we are giving is not good. There is a problem in the whole Africa. This problem is created by ourselves. It forces young men to seak jobs or business somewhere. If there was no corruption many young people could stay in their respective countries and only go when opportunity is there. There is also problem in Africa is dont how to solve problems deplomatic. This issues could solved but lack of deplomatic from both sides and also greed of worth has made that TZ want to write a new boardery after all these years. How divide a small lake? If oil thing was not mentioned I dont think TZ could claim Lake Malawi. Because they have not done it during colonial or after. Likoma Island is full of TZ who are doing businesses. Suppose we chance our brothers and sisters who are doing businesses in our country is government doing favour to this people? Another thing whag is AOU or COMESA means. I think it is un reasonable of TZ. Malawi is keeping so many African foreigners than any other country. We are more tolerant to foreigners than our neigbours. African go to Europe and when they are sent back we call it dicrimination. What do u call when TZ send back Malawians. Of-Course people should stay legaly. I asked a woman at LL market from TZ if they were paying TAX NO. The market is full of TZ. The problem is Malawi government who has not made a good tax system to all working and doing businesses in the country. I sault Kenya and Ethiopia. Has done this. Malawi could collect more money through taxes. But Malawi still waiting to save them. No one can work or do business in Europe without paying tax. Why do we have to be beggers when we can generate money ourselves? Let people pay tax but let tax be fair otherwise the businesses will fall down. Too many old people in the government.

  29. Fabiano says:

    TIT FOR TAT IS THE WAY TP GO. AS FOR THE LAKE BORDER ISSUE, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD JUST PROCEED AND TAKE TANZANIA TO COURT. THESE THIEVES WOULD WANT TO ROB OUR LAKE IN BROADDAY LIGHT. BY THE WAY, ITS NOT US WHO CAME UP WITH BOUNDARIES. COLONIAL MASTERS DID.

  30. Gertu says:

    Send all taifas back to Tanganyika after all they are all AIDS infested

  31. JICK says:

    TANZANIANS ARE SELFISH AND JEALOUSY OF MALAWI THEY WANT TO STEAL FROM US. BUT THEY FORGET THAT ALL WE HAVE WERE GIVEN TO US BY GOD AND NO COUNTRY NO MATTER BIG HEADED THEY MA BE. WE ARE ALSO CREATED BY GOD AND HE IS SEEING ALL THIS AND AT THE APPOINTED TIME OUR JEHOVA WILL ANSWER FOR US. AMEN

  32. kalipind says:

    Firstand foremost do they have papers warranting them to either stay or do business in the country as required by the countrys laws. Ifthe answer is no therefore there is no issue to drum up Malawi can do the same. This also happens to our citizens in Suis afrika. This is better than xenophobia once they own necessary documents they are eligible to stay. why relate issues while it obviously known when one stays in foreign country needs to have necessary documents.
    The problem still remains with ourselves cause we tend to defend them especially foreigners using our porous laws and poor practitioners of laws who ends up defending their illegal stay. Malawians let’s just accept them. Deportation was there long time ago. It did not come with issues of London Malawi. you writer of the article is the one wanting relationship of two country’s to strain Please chose better words to write and promote love than hatred.

  33. TABIA NJEMA says:

    LET THE DIPLOMATS SOLVE THIS ISSUE NO NEED TO POINT FINGERS YES IT PAINS BUT SHIT TALK WILL NOT SOLVE ISSUES.

  34. Chithumwa says:

    A Malawi nkhani apa siyanyanja please phuma bwanji? Kunonso sweeping exercise imakhalapo ndiye imakha nkhani ya nyanja, alipotu ATonga ambiri Ku Dar es salaam akukhaladi opanda zilorezo pitani mukaone tulo bwanji?

  35. zambia chabe is better than these fucken tanzanias .

  36. pachabe says:

    shit neba

  37. KARU UNITED says:

    Malawi’s only NATURAL & GOOD neighbour is ZAMBIA chabe!

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