Malawi Police intercepts 27 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia

The Malawi Police Service has arrested 27 Ethiopians after intercepting them in two hired Minibuses that had used uncharted routes to avoid Police checkpoints at Dunduzu and Samikwa in Mzuzu.

Armed Police blocked the vehicles’ entry into the M1 road to Lilongwe at a place called Kadikechi but the Drivers of the two 16 seater Minibuses fled leaving the Ethiopians and the vehicles, Mzuzu Police Station Public Relations Officer Sergeant Maurice Chapola said.

Police have since confiscated the two vehicles registration number MJ6297 and MJ5848 belonging to Mr. J Nyimbiri of Kaporo in Karonga district.

Chapola: Crackdown on illegal immigrants
Chapola: Crackdown on illegal immigrants

Chapola said the drivers were still at large and Police had launched a massive manhunt.

He said the Police would charge the drivers with Aiding illegal entry contrary to section 34 of the Immigration Act.

In March this year, the Immigration department in Mzuzu arrested 29 Ethiopians who were packed in the chassis of a flatbed Lilongwe bound Truck Trailer following a tip off from patriotic Malawians.

The 30 metric tonnes Freightliner Truck belonging to UJ Trucking of Lilongwe was coming from Songwe border, Karonga district, about 260 Km from Mzuzu and had successfully passed through about four Police checkpoints manned by both armed and unarmed Cops and even some in plain clothes.

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