Malawi Police clash with refugees, arrest 15 Ethiopians over human trafficking

Malawi Police have arrested 15 Ethiopians at Dzaleka refugee camp in Dowa in a violent operation which saw the refugees smashing a police vehicle as the law enforcers arrested the suspected human traffickers.

Some of the children rescued from suspected human traffickers

The arrest of the 15 Ethiopians comes barely weeks after the arrest of other two Ethiopians on the same charges of human trafficking.

Police spokesperson in Dedza Richard Kaponda has confirmed that the police in Lilongwe are now keeping 17 Ethiopians on human trafficking charges.

“The operation to arrest the 15 Ethiopians was very violent. The Ethiopians smashed a police vehicle which belongs to the police in the central region as they resisted arrest,” he said.

Kaponda however said the police managed to find 150 illegal immigrants who were hidden in a warehouse.

The police publicist said the suspected human traffickers run a ring at Dzaleka refugee camp which was their base.

He said the suspects will answer charges of human trafficking, attempted murder, obstruction of police officers on duty, resisting lawful arrest and robbery with violence.

Kaponda said the suspects are on full remand at Maula prison in Lilongwe.

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Zelenium AG
Zelenium AG
3 years ago

Your news is not clear.are they all human trafficers? How can a refugee be a trafficer? Are All the 15 refugees traffickers ? Don’t believe it.

Billy Chilewani
Billy Chilewani
3 years ago

Bravo our Police for the risky but necessary operation for our internal security. May your counterparts in numerous roadblocks across the country emulate your patriotic example and follow suit in arresting this temporarily lucrative business but results in internal security problems for our peace loving country.

3 years ago

Those who run the refugee camp must be investigated.lf they are involved arrest them or just close the camp send every one home.

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