The Immigration Department in the Northern Region has said the country’s security is at risk due to the increased number of illegal immigrants who are aided into the country by some unpatriotic Malawians.
The remarks come after the department on Thursday night intercepted 75 Ethiopians and a Burundian who entered into the country illegally in transit to South Africa.
Spokesperson for the department in the Northern Region, Blackwell Lungu, said some of the intercepted illegal immigrants are soldiers and people with criminal record in their respective countries.
Speaking in an interview, one of the Ethiopians Muhamad Ahamadu said they used uncharted routes into the country and some Malawians assisted them with food and other basic needs.
He, however, disclosed that they paid close to K3 million to agents who facilitated their entry into Malawi.
“We have jobs in our country but there is no money there. We hear there is money in Malawi and South Africa. That is why each one of us paid money to the agents, whom we cannot point at now to help get to the two destinations.
“We have stayed for three days without taking any food and most of us are thirsty. But sometimes some Malawians provide us with food,” Ahamadu said.
Lungu condemned some Malawians who aid illegal immigrants.
Lungu then said the department has managed to arrest drivers, Samuel Mwale, Frank Chisuse and Kapiseni Kadyampakeni who ferried the intercepted Ethiopians.
The intercepted Ethiopians have been remanded at Mzuzu prison.
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