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Illegal immigrants rile Lazarus Chakwera

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President Lazarus Chakwera has warned people to stop using government resources to help illegal immigrants gain entry into the country.

Chakwera sounded the warning in Karonga District Thursday, when he addressed a development rally after inspecting crops in fields.

“Whether you are a police officer, immigration officer or politician, if you are abetting or aiding illegal immigrants, you will be dealt with.

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“Some are using our vehicles— government vehicles— to transport these illegal immigrants. I am telling you now and Paramount Chief Kyungu is my witness. That tendency should end now because we will deal with you,” Chakwera said.

His remarks come after UTM Northern Region secretary Jane Mbale was arrested recently for allegedly abetting illegal immigrants.

Paramount Chief Kyungu echoed the sentiments.

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He asked the government to empower police officers for the country to win the fight against illegal immigrants.

“My plea is that police should be empowered so that illegal immigrants are not allowed to gain entry into the country,” he said.

On infrastructure development, Chakwera described the condition of the M1 Road as poor.

“Let me tell you the truth. Although, the rains have destroyed the roads but let’s not always think that the road is the only way to transport goods. We can use the lake to transport goods, the railway line, which was deliberately destroyed. This would ultimately make commodity prices to go down in the country,” he said.

On agriculture, Chakwera said the government would ensure that rice farmers were provided with proper markets.

Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe said they wanted to make agriculture one of the stimulants of economic development in the district.

He cited rice cultivation as one of the ways through which Karonga people could transform their lives.

“As part of promoting rice grown in the district, we are constructing a 1,000-hectare scheme which will have a rice processing factory.

“The government has set up good prices for crops. I would, therefore, like to warn companies to stop coming here to dupe farmers, who are offered poor prices. I am happy that police have already started doing a good job and I encourage them to arrest unscrupulous traders,” he said.

Chakwera is in the Northern Region where he is inspecting crops of farmers.

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