President Joyce Banda has appointed Hudson Mankhwala as Malawi’s new Chief Immigration Officer, in the department of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Nyasa Times understands.
Mankhwala, who has served previously as Immigration spokesman and Chief Passport officer, replaces Elvis Thodi who was given his marching orders a day after he was hauled for a meeting between President Banda and immigration officers at the New State House. Immigration officers led by Andrew Chifukwa rounded on the boss and left him high and dry.
Capital Hill top official told Nyasa Times that President Banda is convinced that Mankhwala’s “integrity and professionalism” will be instrumental in the efforts of the immigration authorities to cleanse its ranks and purge its services of the past abuses of authority.
There have been reports of illegal immigrants possessing fake immigration stamps, a fake visa stamp and other forged immigration paraphernalia of Malawi.
President Banda said in Mzuzu on Friday that she was aware of an illegal passport syndicate.
Banda said she was in possession of Malawi passports whose owners were foreigners that she stressed were not conversant with Chichewa language.
“As I am speaking now, I have Malawi passports of foreigners who can’t utter a single Chichewa word. These foreigners, I know obtained the Malawi passports after palm oiling immigration officers. This is a serious matter my fellow Malawians which should be stopped, “said President Banda.
“I am aware that 1,000 foreigners enter this country illegally every week through our borders, this is a major concern to my government because these people not only overpopulate this country, but engage in illegal businesses among other things,” she bemoaned.
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