Graft-busting body Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Monday conducted a search-and-seizure at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services in Blantyre.
The exercise also extended to homes of some of the department’s top officers in the commercial city.
ACB spokesperson, Egrita Ndala, said the operation was part of an ongoing investigation on illegal immigrants.
“We conducted the search-and-seizure operation at the immigration department headquarters as part of our ongoing investigation into reports of illegal immigrants,” Ndala said.
She however could not disclose what the officers conducting the operation found and seized from the offices and homes of the immigration officers, saying they had not yet reported back.
Monday, social media was awash with reports that the department’s Director General, Masauko Medi, had been arrested but Ndala disputed this.
“We did not even have a warrant of arrest. We had a search-and-seizure warrant and we cannot use this warrant to arrest anyone. So I can assure you that one has been arrested,” she said.
Medi could not be reached on his mobile phone for a comment while the department’s spokesperson Joseph Chauwa did not pick his mobile phone on several attempts.
ACB is investigating various government departments and agencies over reports of various corrupt practices.
Last year, Immigration and Citizenship Services came in the limelight for allegedly spending over K53 billion in the purchase of uniforms for its officers.