Malawi Immigration operation net 34 illegal lags

The Malawi Department of Immigration over the weekend conducted an operation which saw 34 foreigners apprehended.

Immigration Public Relations Officer, Martha Gonondo said the group comprised of 15 Pakistanis, 11 Indians and 8 Chinese nationals.

“Out of the 34, 15 were released after their relatives had produced their valid documents while the others were taken to court out of which 4 were charged with illegal stay. They paid the fine and are waiting for deportation,” said Gonondo.

The department recently announced that in conjunction with neighbouring countries it will soon open more border posts in a bid to curb illegal migration which has been rampant mostly in the northern part of Malawi.

Mankhwala: Crackdown on illegal immigrants

The department is currently training a group of 300 immigration officers of which some would be stationed at the border posts.

“In the past it had been difficult to man our borders because were understaffed. However, with the new recruits, this will be simple as it is double the current staff we have,” Chief Immigration Officer Hudson Makhwala was quoted when he opened the training.

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