By Feston Malekezo:
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services made a u-turn on its decision to re-deploy some of its top officials to several departments within the service.
A leaked memo copied to regional immigration officer for the centre, officers in-charge for Mchinji, Kamuzu International Airport (Kia) and regional immigration officer for the North, dated January 14 2019, had indicated that the transfers were with immediate effect.
Immigration and Citizenship Services Director General, Masauko Medi, who has authored the memo, said the transfers were due to exigencies of service that required immediate positing of the officers.
However, reacting to the leaked memo, Medi said the transfers, which were released on Monday, were cancelled on the same day.
He could not disclose why the transfers were cancelled, referring this reporter to the service’s spokesperson, Joseph Chawuwa, who was unavailable for a comment.
“These are administrative matters and they are not for public consumption; otherwise, call Chawuwa,” he said.
The affected officers are Chief Immigration Officer for the Centre who was to occupy the position of officer in-charge at Mchinji Immigration Office, Principal Immigration Officer was to be acting Regional Immigration Officer (Centre), Chief Immigration Officer from Mchinji Immigration Office would become Region Immigration Office for the Centre, Principal Immigration Officer for Kia was earmarked for the post of Deputy Regional Immigration Office for the North, Karonga Principal Immigration Officer was to be Kia office-in-charge.
However, sources close to our investigations indicated that the transfers were effected because some of the officers cleared UTM officials, including Vice- President Saulos Chilima, who have gone to United States of America.