Twenty-six Ethiopians alleged to have entered Malawi illegally have been intercepted in Kasungu district after a driver who was transporting them escaped.
Kasungu Police Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO), Burton Mathewe, told Nyasa Times the Ethiopians were apprehended Wednesday night.
“During the night of December 18, police officers were executing their duties at Chisadzima Road Block. In the course of their duty, a certain minibus, flat roofed Toyota Hiace registration number BR 2205 came over.
“And as police officers approached the vehicle for a thorough check before allowing it to pass the road block the driver, believed to be a Malawian, just opened his door and ran away,” explained Mathewe.
He said the law enforcers got alarmed with the move and rushed to the minibus only to find it loaded with the Ethiopians.
Mathewe explained that none of the 26 foreigners had backing document a development that implied they all entered the country illegally.
“All were males of between 18 and 35 years old,” said the deputy police publicist adding that the illegal immigrants were being kept at Kasungu Police Station.
Rumours are rife in Kasungu and most parts of the country that some Malawian citizens are making fortunes out of the illegal foreigners whom they are providing accommodation in their homes.
“We are, therefore, advising members of the general public to report to police when they notice such strange developments happening in their areas,” said Mathewe.