Malawi Immigration authorities have cleared Lilongwe based Indian dentist Dr. Anthony John of Dr Anthony’s Dental Clinic working at a private dental clinic of any wrong doing.
Two doctors, Rajan Ahuja and his wife Sucheta Bector, working at the dentist were accused of flouted their work contract agreements.
Dr. John had asked the the two doctors “to respect the laws” of Malawi.
But thee Indian High Commission in Lilongwe has been fighting to have Ahuja and Bector return to Malawi and rebuked Anthony for influencing the Immigration Department to deport the two doctors.
The proprietor is believed to have approached the Immigration Department to have the work permits of Ahuja and Bector cancelled, at a time the two were getting their Temporary Employment Permit (TEP).
Indian diplomat Anil Kumar rebuked Dr John saying as an Indian national, he was not supposed to be involved in the deportation of fellow Indians.
“You deliberately avoided calling the High Commission on the fateful day when Rajan Ahuja was deported to India without giving him any time to gather his valuables and personal items. We kept calling you but you did not take our calls. You only responded and met us after our repeated calls,” Kumar states in his letter to John.
On March 14, 2017, Lexon and Lords, lawyers for Dr. Anthony Dental Clinic, wrote the Chief Immigration Officer, advising him to cancel the work permits for the two doctors, saying the clinic procured the TEPs which were tied to their contracts.
“Investigations by the clinic and information from reliable sources suggest that the dentists’ intent to resign is based on attractive local job offers inclusive promises of business resident permits,” reads the letter from the lawyers.
The letter accuses the two doctors of working in league with third parties who are aiding and abetting them to compromise their contracts with the clinic as well as the terms of their TEPs which bind them to the contracts.
“Based on our client’s investigations and sources, our client finds the conduct of the said dentists to be questionable, suspicious, unethical and bordering on illegality,” says the letter in part.
The Immigration Department has since cleared Dr Anthony John of any wrong doing in the matter as he followed all correct procedures as per immigration laws of Malawi.
Obersvers say the role of Immigration Department should be commended for taking stern action ahainst individuals who displayed great disdain towards the Malawians laws.
Commenting on the matter, Rumphi East legislator ,Kamlepo Kalua, who is also vice chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, stresses that all foreign nationals working in Malawi should strictly adhere to the laws of the land.
He claims the role of the Indian High Commission in this matter is highly suspicious.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia is on record telling parliament that those deported will remain a prohibited immigrant in Malawi.
“ I would like to point out that there is no way someone, who has been deported would be allowed to come back into this country. It means the passport of such a person is completely cancelled,” Chiumia said.
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