Malawi Police on Saturday arrested 12 Ethiopian nationals for illegal entry in the country, who were found in Mzimba district and 2 Malawians have also been netted for aiding illegal immigrants.
Mzimba Police Public Relations Officer, Gabriel Chiona said, the two arrested Malawians are Andy Nyasulu, 19, from Village headman Mtomboloka, in the area of Traditional Authority Mwamulowe in Rumphi, and the other one is Abias Ngonya, 21 from Mwakawoko in Karonga.
According to the PRO, the 12 illegal Ethiopians were all netted at Raiply Roadblock during the midnight.
Chiona said the police became suspicious with the movements of the vehicle, Toyota Ipsum Registration Number MC 3804 which was being driven by Andy Nyasulu.
He said in the course of searching, they found 12 Ethiopians on board who had no travelling documents and they were arrested immediately.
“The suspects will answer the charge of Illegal Entry while the two malawias will answer the charge of aiding illegal immigrants,” said Chiona.
Chiona said the vehicle has since been impounded so that it can be exhbited as evidence in court soon by the prosecution team.
In April 2014, Police arrested 159 Ethiopian nationals who were found in Mzimba district and Mzuzu city after
entering the country illegally.
During the same exercise the Police apprehended a Malawian man; James Gondwe aged 21, from Mwafulwa village, Traditional Authority Mwansambo in Karonga district, believed to have aided the foreigners.