Illegal workers at Fattani ordered to leave Malawi

About two weeks after Nyasa Times exposed that the Immigration department was shielding some illegal immigrants at Fattani Printers, it has transpired that the three immigrants have been given removal directions and are  ordered to leave the country on 24 February 2012.

Immigration has ordered the deportation of the three illegal immigrants who were working at Fattani despite having no documents for their stay in the country.

The three foreigners are Atilla Knatics from Hungery, Chris Huttings from South Africa and Chamara from Sri Lanka.

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“The three are leaving on 24 February thus next week Friday. Management at Fattani has processed their travel documents,” a source said.

Another source corroborated the story adding that the Immigration was left with no choice after the expose but to repatriate the foreigners.

The source said the repatriation officer, Schubert Mwalweni who led a team of 10 immigration officers to Fattani and ended up receiving K60 000 to shield the foreigners, was summoned by authorities at the Immigration to explain his story.

Mwalweni was also recently involved in the issuance of a Malawian passport with the number 162187 to a Zimbabwean lady called Thandi Kaitano who claimed to have come from Chikosa village in Mwanza

Thandi was arrested at Mwanza border by another Immigration official  after noticing that Kaitano was not a Malawian but had a Malawian passport.

Kantics was working at DAPP and his permit to stay in the country expired and his file for reapplication was rejected on 14 th May 2011.

Huttings applied for readmission to stay in the country and was given six months. According to the Immigration rules, he should have gone back to his country to wait for the result of his application. His waiting period ends on March 4 2012,” a source said.

According to a notice from the Immigration published on 16 August 2011, any applicant for permit to stay in a country has to wait while in his home country for the process to be done.

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