Malawi Immigration boss upbeat to deal with illegal lags

Newly appointed Immigration Chief, Hudson Mankhwala has assured Malawians that his department was doing all it takes to reduce the influx of illegal immigrants into the country.

“We are making sure that security is enhanced in all our border posts so that the issue of illegal immigrants should be history and that any foreign entry should be made through proper procedures within our department,” said Mankhwala.

He was speaking when a team of members of the Parliamentary Committee on Security and Defence visited Immigration offices in Blantyre on Thursday.

Of late the country’s President, Madame Joyce Banda has not minced words over lapse of security at the Immigration department which she said has led to a lot of illegal immigrants entering into the country with the aid of some immigration officials.

Speaking during the visit leader of the team who is Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City Centre Constituency, Shadreck Jonasi said the tour was meant to enhance security in some of the country’s departments by recommending and advising them on security measures.

“The purpose of our visit is to find out challenges these departments are coming across and at the same time appraise where necessary so that security is managed at all costs.

“We will take up all departments’ concerns on how security is failing so that parliament should know and find possible solutions to advise various departments on how they should maintain security,” he said.

Jonasi further said the tour was not only conducted in the southern region alone but in all the three regions of the country where it is being carried out by respective teams comprising members of the committee. He said at the end the teams will come together and bring out a single report to be presented to parliament.

The familiarization tour took the officials to Zomba Maximum Prison and Limbe Police Station, the Immigration department before heading for Mwanza boarder.

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