Malawi Police in northern district of Chitipa have arrested 70 Ethiopians and a Somalian for illegally entering the country. The Police have also arrested three Malawians for aiding these illegal immigrants.
The three are Mashaka Mumba 26, Lughano Nyondo 32 and Albino Mwambene 31. They all come from Mwandambo village in Karonga.
According to Chitipa Police Officer-in-Charge Ellen Liganga the illegal aliens were hiding in a bush near Weluza village, Traditional Authority Mwenemusuku in the district.
Liganga said the Police worked on a tip from villagers who spotted ‘strange’ people in a bush within their village.
The Officer-in-Charge said whilst in the process of arresting the illegal immigrants, the police also discovered a decomposed corpse believed to be for one of the illegal immigrants who might have died due to starvation or illness.
The deceased was buried on the spot.
Meanwhile, the 71 illegal immigrants will answer charges of entering the country without proper documents, according to Liganga.
“The three Malawian nationals will also answer charges of aiding illegal immigrants to enter the country,” she said.
Police have commended the villagers for the tip which lead to the arrest of the illegal immigrants.