20 Pakistani nationals arrested for illegal entry into Malawi

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in conjunction with the Malawi Police Service arrested  20 people from Pakistan and their Pakistani agents in the cpuntry  amidst reports of  systemic corruption in Malawi’s immigration department, involving the alleged issuing of fraudulent travel documents, work permits and citizenship rights to non-nationals in return for backhanders.

Illgeal immigrants from Pakistan

In a brief statement made available to Nyasa Times, ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala said the 20 Pakistani nationals were arrested on November 4 2018 “ after they entered Malawi through Kamuzu International Airport using illegally obtained visas.”

The statement said: “This is a continuation of investigations by the Bureau on allegations of connivance among public officers in allowing foreigners to use the country as a transit route to other countries.”

The Pakisatni nationals are being kept at Lilongwe Police Station awaiting remand to Maula Prison, according to the statement.

ACB said they will be taken to Court in due course.

“Investigations into the case are ongoing.”

The Bureau is urging all Malawians to report any such immigrants to ACB and desist from assisting foreigners to illegally enter the country as that is a threat to the security of our country and its neighbours.

The fraudulent issuing of travel documents, mainly, it is alleged, to Pakistani nationals, has a direct bearing on South Africa.

Sources in the department said many illegal immigrants are using corruptly obtained transit visas to cross into Mozambique en route to South Africa, their ultimate destination.

The sources said the standard bribe for a fraudulent transit visa was in the range of $1,500 to $2,000 The transit visa allows travellers to pass through Malawi to another country and is valid for seven days.

“Under normal circumstances, foreigners transiting through Malawi are supposed to get their visas from Malawian embassies in their countries of residence or the nearest country with diplomatic relations with Malawi,” said one source.

In Asia, Malawi only has diplomatic relations with Japan, India and the People’s Republic of China.

There has been of spate of arrests of immigration officials at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe and Blantyre’s Chileka International Airport in connection with the alleged fraudulent issuing of work permits and travel documents.

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chimbano
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chimbano

Immigration staff at Chileka and KIA are rich. They are building mansions in expensive locations .

Bystander
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Bystander

Immigration Issues are security issues. Don’t play around with security. Pakistan is the home of Taliban. Why are we cracking jokes about these aliens. Send them back on the same plane they came with. Don’t keep them. They may look miserable, but they are equally very dangerous. Don’t try to take them to court. Their agents will easily make sure they win their cases. Are we together?

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Dangerous indeed. They kept Osama Bin Laden without informing USA that the guy is in their country. Besides, these people in their home country they use defamation laws in order to whip non Muslims. Days ago, a non Muslim woman was acquitted of the charges of insulting Islam. She was in fact falsely accused of insulting Islam. The judge who acquitted her has so far fled Pakistan following mounting displeasure from Muslims who were baying for his blood. If one compares Hindus to Muslims, the former are friendly but not the latter. They go to any length to have their… Read more »

benjones
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You woke up to late damage is beyond. clean your house first.

Zabura
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Zabura

ACB ,you cant uproot this Area 30 headquarters is involved immigration boss are involved .It depend on removing KIA or CHILEKA these stakeholders staff: IMMIGRATION NIB POLICE Bring staff from remote areas and borders to be in these airports. Even plant your staff without the knowledge of these stakeholders and ACB learn the airport system or either have your CCTV and monitor it. The deal is straight forward almost every body in these airports immigration ,NIB and police cid is driving a car or building a house even those less than 3 years in the system. Airports the hub of… Read more »

Buklulu
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Buklulu

These 20 pakistani people interrogate them harshly until they disclose their agents names and ID’s……..common sense…..thats the only time ‘ACB will crack open the racket ….if not then sit and await the agents to smuggle more people ….big up ACB

Okwiya
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Okwiya

ACB, Mwalephera Kumanga Chaponda Mukulimbana Ndi Ma Officers Osalakwa Oti They Worked According To Their Act. Are U Teaching Them Work? Who Is An Illegal Immigrant.? Tikudikilani Mawa Muxapange Clear Ndege Ndinu Mazoba

Malawi Civil servant officer
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Corruption is everywhere ku Malawi even ku ACB ko.. first improve the living standard of civil servants pa Malawi pano.. those you fight corruption kuno ku Malawi muli ndi money kale and you are too corrupted.. shupit. And mawa ACB mukapange clear ndege

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

Yall corrupt ACB these immigrations! Many Chinese working on tourist visas at BT Bypass in LL building their malls etc and they govt is entertaining these staff!

Disy
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This is treating symptoms. Why is nobody from the immigration department not held responsible for this? Who issued those fake visas at the KIA? NOBODY? and you only arrests the Pakistanis?? The issue here is that Guys at the immigration did not share at least fairly the proceeds hence someone blew the whistle. ACB and MPS must do better than these lest they been seen to be accomplices of which they have been looking at the selective application of the law they have shown.

Malawi Civil servant officer
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Fuck ACB and You.. you know nothing about immigration

Disy
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my foot immigration. and you are proud to work there. very pathetic and disgraceful person kkkk

Okwiya
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Okwiya

Disy, I think u don’t know. C there Visas if they are Fake. They are original and they followed normal procedures. Angofuna potchukilapo

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