Immigration staff accused of cashing in on border pass documents

Malawi Immigration officers at both Songwe and Chitipa border posts in Karonga and Chitipa districts are reported to be asking for payment in order to issue border pass documents to cross-border business people.

Chief Immigration Officer Medi: I am not aware

The revelation was made by cross-border business people, who said they are forced to pay K1,000 as the minimum charge if the person is from Karonga and K3,000 or more if one is coming from Mzuzu and beyond, a development which commentators say is illegal and corrupt in nature.

Investigations done on two separate occasions at the two border posts, have revealed that apart from cashing in on this free document, there is too much arrogance by the immigration officers who man the border posts to those who are in the know that the document is for free and may argue for a general receipt (GR), which is an official government business transaction document.

According to the audio recording clip between one officer at Songwe border post, Stewart Kingston Mkwinda and our source, it exposes how rude these officers can be in their request for a border pass payment and how easy it is to beat the system when one demands a GR for the transaction as the officer is heard in the clip telling people in the face that the system of charging for a border pass was there, is there and will be there and nothing will ever happen to them.

In the conversation between the two, the officers are also heard demeaning the source that if he managed to buy a passport then there is no way he can fail to pay K1,000 for a border pass.

Another source Bright Mfune, who went to Tunduma through Chitipa-Isongole border posts, had similar experience and had to pay K2,000 for a border pass but was not issued with a GR and efforts to get it was denied.

Commenting on this development, executive director for governance civil society (CSO) Youth and Society (YAS), Charles Kajoloweka described it as unfortunate, saying it has potential to kill the country’s ’economy as money meant for social development is ending up in the pockets of greedy public officers’.

“That is part of corruption which may be seen as small but has a huge bearing on the economy of Malawi as a whole because if we put together those K1,000’s then we are talking of millions of kwachas per month because we have many people out there who are doing cross border businesses daily.

“And again, that shows how limited supervision in borders posts is as their bosses are sleeping on their jobs by failing to catch and punish officers involved in these corrupt malpractices as failure to issue a GR is theft by public servant which is punishable by law,” Kajoloweka said.

He cautioned authorities at immigration to fully investigate and bring to book every officer involved in this syndicate as leaving it unchecked the cancer will grow to grand corruption that at the end of the day will become uncontrollable and drain government money meant for social amenities that could benefit an ordinary Malawian.

However, in a telephone interview, Chief Immigration Officer Masauko Medi feigned ignorance of the malpractice and seemed to vindicate Kajoleweka’s sentiments that bosses are to blame as they are failing to put in place mechanisms to catch corrupt officers.

Medi said he is not aware of anyone charging border passes, otherwise the documents are for free.

He said as a government agency, wherever possible, they issue a GR for every transaction failure of which, the responsible officers are taken to task.

Medi promised that an investigation will be carried out to establish whether indeed there is a syndicate of officers that is cashing in on the free documents for their own benefits.

“What you have to know is that as a government office, we have our own systems and mechanisms of collecting money on behalf of government. And we offer GR’s to acknowledge receipts and that money goes straight in Account Number One.

“If there is someone taking advantage of peoples’ ignorance and chargeing money on documents that are supposed to be free, then that’s totally against the law and once caught, those officers will be brought to book to answer charges of theft accordingly,” Medi said.

 

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mbwiyache nyanjaiko
mbwiyache nyanjaiko
3 years ago

Amalawi palibe nkhani apa. kungoti kumalawi kuno democracy sitimaimvetsetsa ayi. chilichonse ndingochitenga pa easy. aliyense amadziwa kuti tikamatuluka mdziko timafunika kukhala ndi passport. tsiku lina ndikumvera wailessi mneneri wa Immigration anafotokoza kuti Boda pass ndi kachiphaso ka temporary komwe kamaperekedwa kwa anthu okhawo okhala pa boda ndipo tikumvetsedwa kuti ndi chaulere. Tsono nanga anthu mumachokeranji kumadera akutali kumafuna boda pass. A immigration anthu amenewa alipilitseni ndalama zambili. ma one thousand ndi ma two thousand wa achepa kwambili. kodi bwanji a Malawi sitifuna kulemekekza malamulo athu? tangoganizani kuti munthu mtengo wa passport ndi forty eight thousand kwacha koma munthu amapezezka kuti… Read more »

masmbero
masmbero
3 years ago

In fact in this Nation we dont have goverment but instead we have stupid leaders what so ever they call themselfs being a parliamenterian and president they do nothing for this nation they pretend as if they dont know anthing abt what is happening on the ground infact they know exactly what is hapening we make things as if this nation we borrowed and one day we will return it back to the rightfull owners just imagine i had a electrical fault at my house and i paid k10,000 to Escom guys for them to come to work on the… Read more »

jax
jax
3 years ago

bodza limenero amalawi ama business ang’ono akuvutika kwambili kuyambira ma boader pass ulipire 2000,kenako kumabwera a police osecha ndalama zakunja ulipireso 2000….ndiye ukamabwera katundu wa ndalama yochepa ulipireso custom

Mmalawi
3 years ago

Mbava za DPP. #DPPout2019 Out!!!!!

Ngongoliwa
Ngongoliwa
3 years ago

Indeed we are asked to pay equivalent to R50 becausr of over stay in another country. However the over stay is not an offence in the country where one is going. We need a sharp broom to sweep all these shit, top to bottom

Linoh
Linoh
3 years ago

But the border pass is meant for people who stays around the borders…So how can someone travels all the way from lilongwe or mzuzu and get a border pass at chitipa instead of processing a travel document right there in the regions offices which is k10,000? This is not true… I repeat ” boarder pass is meant for the villagers around the borders about 7 kms” the rest should use the travel documents and passports.

mtete
mtete
3 years ago

Definitely you are not aware Mr. Medi. How could you when you are part of the scum. In fact its all border posts

By the way corruption is in all places providing government services: police, road traffic, ESCOM, Water, hospitals, prisons, passport. Service provision is too expensive in Malawi under DPP.

Yaphama
Yaphama
3 years ago

The birds wth same feathers flock together akunama Medi knws well abt this, I was chocked people asked to pay R50 at Mwanza boarder on 9th of August 2016 for their passports been stumped cz of been overstayed in RSA.

ndele
ndele
3 years ago

usual answer.
sakudziwa.
akanakhala akudya zake zokha ,khosi silikanakhala lofufuma conci.
nyasi a polisi.nzanu wa pa nathenje anali ngati ka pensulo. anangoyamba kutola pa nathenje timaona nthawi zose tikamadutsa, anali ndima minibus plus nyumba 4. kenako mmunamuona kufufuma ngati cindasi, mimba ,zimatako ukomamuna. anafa.nditi anafatu eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
musatinyASE a polisi sakudziwani ndani- eetu fwefwefwe- sindikudziwa kanthu.mxiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Chiku
Chiku
3 years ago
Reply to  ndele

Mchinji boarder should also be investigated. I was denied a boarder pass because i refused to pay the 4,000 that was charged. they delayed me for close to 2 hours until i threatened that i will report to their senior bosses. I feel sorry for those people who do not know that the document is for free and they still pay.

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