Malawi crackdown on illegal foreign workers: 22 busted in Lilongwe

Immigration authorities have flushed out and arrested 22 illegal foreign workers in Lilongwe and the hunt is still going on.

Flushed out illegal workers in Lilongwe

Immigration department spokesperson for Lilongwe,  Ellard Banda said the operation Monday morning was jointly conducted with the police.

“We have in custody 16 Indians and six Pakistanis who were working in the country without work permit,” said Banda.

He said the illegal workers have been picked from Sana Mega Store, Sunseed Company, Central Poultry, among others.

Banda said some of them had temporary work permits and temporary residence permits which expired as back as 2007.

He said the Immigration will bring the suspects to court as soon as full investigations are done.

The department arrested illegal Indian workers at Salima Sugar Factory last week and they are expected to know their fate on their bail application today.

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Bruce
Bruce
10 months ago

WHAT IS THE POINT FOR COURT?? So they can bribe their way out? They are already found guilty by not having proper papers. Deport them! I hate seeing foreigners driving around in fancy cars because they are illegally taking money from Malawi. If they don’t have proper paperwork for work then they are stealing money from Malawians.

Harold
Harold
10 months ago

It is time to reclaim our land. This is Malawi and we have one Malawi world wide we call home. Everywhere we go we do not have the same freedom that these people do have when they come here. This exercise should not be selective but it should as exhaustive as possible. Please target Nigerias – many of them in malangalanga and elsewhere. Burundi’s insteady of being in Mdzaleka but they are ,plying all types of trade everywhere in this country.

It is our time and this is our land

Will Nyasa Censor
Will Nyasa Censor
10 months ago

The employers who employ workers without Woe Permits should also be arrested and charged. These Imdians, Pakis and other foreigners only like to employ their own countrymen not Malawians.

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
10 months ago

No need for court or investigation.this is a simple case.put them in detention center and then deport them period.Thats how we do it in the UK and US

Roy
Roy
10 months ago

How many Chinese working illegal and they are ruining small shop

Mr ZekZek
10 months ago

Malawians are copying from South Africans…

Krotoa
Krotoa
10 months ago
Reply to  Mr ZekZek

What are they copying from South Africa…did not know that Malawians also have xenophobic tendencies…we have thousands of them living and working without permits in South Africa.

Papani
Papani
10 months ago

If all these foreigners are deported, do you think Malawians will be given these jobs. Yes some with the same profession might get it. Someone below commented about having a wholesale shop. They are plenty of wholesale shops, and more are opening. So if a malawian opened another shop i dont see what the problem is. Why are Malawians saying asians must go so they can open. Malawians can open too. Remember they are buying from factories to sell so you too can open and sale no one is stopping you. I know so many Burundis with wholesale shops who… Read more »

KWENGWERE
KWENGWERE
10 months ago
Reply to  Papani

You have been a thorn in our efforts to participate in economic activities through your corrupt practices. The playing field has not been level as you beat taxes thereby gaining unfair competitive advantage. The game is over and it is over. Muona kuti mutani

Grey hair
Grey hair
10 months ago
Reply to  Papani

The fact is that the are illegal immigrants not Business owners, we don’t want undocumented Indians in Malawi..

Mdala
Mdala
10 months ago

Another way to create one million jobs! Why not, but I doubt this Indian or Pakistani companies will employ Malawians! By the way Minister of Labour, where we are now in terms of job creation? How many thousand jobs are already created? The truth is the opposite! With this Covid-19 more companies will close or scale down on their workforce. Although the climax of the pandemic is still not reached in our Nation there is little effort by government to cushion our hardship further! Not even the mighty banks like RBM and private Banks to see the necessity to come… Read more »

Makungwa
Makungwa
10 months ago

Mukuwalakwila Tu anthu awa Mmmmm ma business amayenda bwino Kwa Eni imagine Kuti NDI amalawi angati amene tili Kwa Eni just like ma Indians Pakistan Burundi Rwandan etc ? Enafe tikunenapa are in South Africa working Kuti mwina tipeze zofuna Za tsiku NDI tsiku. Amasuleni anthuwo treat them just like us .

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
10 months ago
Reply to  Makungwa

The fact that there are Malawians in other countries in similar situation doesn’t make it the right thing.lets follow the law

Nocha Novona Makuli
10 months ago

Azipita kwawo

Mr ZekZek
10 months ago

Azipita kwawo … Malawi ndidziko lawumphawi …mkufuna kuthamangitsa anthu amene akubweletsa ndalama

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