Judge Kenyatta halts deportation of 67 Indian illegal workers at Malawi Sugar Company

The High Court in Lilongwe has halted the immediate deportation of 67 Indian workers at Salima Sugar company whom the government said had no work permit.

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Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda granted the stay for judicial review on their case.

This means the court will hear the whole case before making its determination on whether they should be deported or not.

The ruling comes after the chief resident magistrate Violet Chipao granted the 67 Indian workers bail after spending a week in police custody.

The workers were arrested just a day after minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda made a visit to their work place and demanded work permit from each of the workers.

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Col Peter Lewis Retired
Col Peter Lewis Retired
1 month ago

Surly this Judge is ignorant that justice has to be blind. Kenyatta is a blight and embarrassment to his peers and needs to be disciplined by the Chief Justice. These are illegal migrants brought to Malawi for jobs that Illovo has been training people for since decades. So there are many unemployed who can do the work they were brought to do. The Indians should be fed and cared for by Kenyatta whilst they wait for the judiciary review. For why should the state look after illegals. These are relatives of Imtiaz Master brought to marry his sisters.

Grey hair
Grey hair
1 month ago

That judge is been paid a bribe, SA deport people without taking them to court.. Why should we waste court money for illegal immigrants..

Mseteka
Mseteka
1 month ago
Reply to  Grey hair

south africa is not like malawi yu must understand it, it has 15,000,000 foreigners from all over the world, half of that figure are malawians and zimbabweans, so the foreigners in SA have reached a crisis level, the number which is deported to malawi is just a manute figure than malawians who are there, estimated to be more than 2,500,000. Yet malawi has an indian problem ONLY. Am not against govt effort to put sanity in the immigration department but lets do so knowing that we also have brothers and sisters who are in foreign lands. And again lets not… Read more »

Wiza
Wiza
1 month ago

Fruits of DPP. Tonse alliance government should correct mistakes of DPP by being patient in resolving issues like this one since foreign nationals were invited by the previous government. My suggestion is that employment and residential status be reviewed for as certain period and thereafter let them go in a humanitarian manner. No more foreign labours for work which Malawians can easily do.

Ndata Boy
1 month ago

If you have been to India, you would understand why we are saying Malawi is being too soft on them. in India anyone who is from Africa is regarded as a criminal, you don’t have such freedom as they have here. besides we talking of 1 Million jobs, where will it come if these Indians are doing what Malawians can do. we import skilled labour not these street kids without any skill – wake up Malawi….our land is for Malawians and so is Africa. At some point they even wanted to erect a statue of Ghandi here in Malawi, what… Read more »

Tommy
Tommy
1 month ago

No need for judicial review dada Kenyatta…. let no labourer come from outside the country; thats jobs for local kinsmen..

Bamusi
1 month ago

Because these are Indians they are much wealthy than us. Just deport them according to the law

NTCHANA
NTCHANA
1 month ago

the DPP government was taking Malawians for granted too much, why invite all those people to be working like laborers as if we don’t have people who can equally perform? but still these guys should go apply for work permits while in their country. If it was a Malawian in India he would be here by now

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
1 month ago

I see no reason for deporting them. Just ask them to go to the embasy and obtain work permits. No country on earth can say they dont have foreigners. We are all human beings

political commentator
1 month ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

SouthAfrica has been deporting foreigners who got no work permits, why NOT Malawi?

Chikulamayembe
Chikulamayembe
1 month ago

Because we are not South Africa!

Benjamin Kabinda Sakala
Benjamin Kabinda Sakala
1 month ago

They don’t have work permit why u give them bail,u know that without workpermit no job,Pliz judges take other issues serious

TooLegitToQuit
TooLegitToQuit
1 month ago

Everyone who has found themselves on the wrong side of the law deserves their day in court. The immigration department had fucked up and it wants to use the courts to hide its inefficiencies. Cadet Medi is clueless. Let’s not forget that these work permits were during the corrupt DPP tenure.

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
1 month ago

These people came at the invitation of the Government of Malawi via a letter signed by Lloyd Muhara. That letter was an official document and its power is still valid although it was an irregular act by Muhara. Although the ruling party has changed, that letter is still valid, and it would be wrong to victimised these people. They did not invite themselves. Give them work permits for 6 mi this and one of the conditions should be that they should train and transfer skills to local workers, if at all these Indian vendors have any skills. After 6 months… Read more »

cipiliro
cipiliro
1 month ago
Reply to  Baba Tunde

Then why inviting them without work permits? Malawi has all the potential to do the jobs these Indians were doing. Why the DPP gvt was doing all these shortcuts? No wonder corruption was on the seat ruling the country.

Canada
Canada
1 month ago
Reply to  Baba Tunde

Malawi has been in Sungar industry for so long. We have plenty of skills in sugar processing. We dont need foreigners to work in sugar industries. Just tell us another reason not skills

Mseteka
Mseteka
1 month ago
Reply to  Canada

The problem is that all sugar companies in malawi are foreign companies just like tobbacco, so they are bound to call their kith and kin from their countries.

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