Immigration Department intercepts 16 Congolese


Immigration Department authorities at Mwanza Border have commended the working relation that is there between the department, Malawi Police Service and the communities in securing the Malawian border against illegal immigrants.

This comes after police arrested 16 Congolese who are suspected to be from Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

Mwanza Immigration Spokesperson Pasqually Zulu explained that the 16 were found with letters authorising them to leave the camp for shopping within Lilongwe.


“However, we are still investigating the authenticity of the letters because, of late, we have had instances where immigrants have been found in possession of fake documentation,” Zulu said.

Zulu said under normal circumstances, the refugees are supposed to travel within the places stipulated in their letters.

He indicated that currently, the 16 have been handed over to United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) to process their return to Dzaleka.


“We would therefore like to commend the police and the communities for continuing sharing information about the movements of these immigrants. This relationship is vital in ensuring that Malawi is free of free movement of illegal immigrants,” Zulu said.

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