Malawi Police in the northern district of Mzimba have arrested 21 Bangladeshis, 7 Pakistanis about 400 metres from Jenda road block in two abandoned vehicles after the drivers who were transporting them fled.
The arrest follows a tip off from ruling Peoples Party shadow MP for Mzimba South Makwenda Chunga, who met a two vehicle convoy, a Toyota Reg. Number BQ 6408 and a Mazda Bongo Mini bus Reg. Number BS 4467, using uncharted routes to avoid both the Police and MRA checkpoints at Jenda.
Chunga told Nyasa Times that he then went fetch the Police and they waylaid the vehicles about one Kilometre from Jenda.
“When Police signalled for the vehicles to stop the drivers stopped at a distance and escaped leaving the illegal immigrants.
“Police gave chase but gave up. They tried to offer me US Dollars but I refused,” Chunga claimed.
Police records show that the Mini Bus belongs to Jumani Nyirenda of Mzuzu while the Toyota Nowa is Kasungu base and police are tracing the owner.
Police have since confiscated both vehicles, Mzimba Police Station public Relations Officer Sergeant Gift Nyirongo confirmed.
Nyirongo said the two drivers are at large and have been charged in absentia with Aiding illegal entry contrary to section 34 of the Immigration Act.
In March 2013, 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.
While in June, 2013 Police in Mzuzu 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.
Government authorities have repeatedly pleaded with Malawians not to aid illegal immigrants into the country, saying the continued influx of illegal immigrants poses a threat to the country’s economy, security and even jobs.