About 125 Malawians who were intercepted by Zimbabwean authorities in the last two weeks for travelling without proper documentation have been repatriated into the country Saturday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila, confirmed the development on Sunday.
The Malawians who were being ferried in four different vehicles on different occasions told authorities that they were in transit to South Africa where they were promised jobs.
“They are safely into the country, what remains is the prosecuting authority and the Immigration Department to do the needful on the culprits,” Kasaila said.
In a memo Reference Number FA/9/17/50, which The Daily Times has seen, Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooper a t ion, Dal i tso Kabambe, discloses that the 125 were being held in the Harare Remand and Chikurubi Prisons.
On October 27, Kabambe said one Mangochi, based Mr Musa hired a vehicle from the country before hiring two other s in Mozambique and Zimbabwe to transport the victims.
However, Mussa and the group of Malawians he was trafficking were detained at Beitbridge where he left them and fled.
Kabambe further said that some of the detainees told him that they pay money in the ranges of K130,000 to K140,000 to the traffickers in order to beat the formal chartered routes for international travels.
“They have informed me that some have trucks that are used to ferry these people, most of the detainees are very bitter with the traffickers for swindling them of their money and would like to have it back,” says Kabambe in the letter addressed to fellow government authorities including Chief Secretary to Government George Mkondiwa.
Apart from Musa, the other three traffickers who are all at large have been identified as Mr. Dimoli from Kapanda Village in Salima who uses a vehicle registration number SA 9922, Mustafa from Traditional Authority Chowe in Mangochi who owns a Nissan three tonner registration number MHG 9970 and Mr. Abbasi also from Mangochi District.
According to Kabambe, just like Mussa, Abbasi who seemingly has connections in most countries, hires vehicles from each country he crosses with the victims in this case Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and then South Africa.
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