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Malawi government bashes xenophobia returnees

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Malawi government has taken a swipe at xenophobia victims who are reportedly returning to South Africa barely weeks after being repatriated.

Police in Lilongwe last week detained a bus on its way to South Africa with six of a passengers being those who were recently repatriated.

Government spokesperson, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has since described the move as worrisome and unfortunate.

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“It’s so hard to imagine why these people are doing this. We demonstrated motherly love by bringing them back home and to hear some of them are going is so unimaginable,” said Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa further said the situation in South Africa is still unstable and advised those making their way back to think twice saying such people are putting their lives at risk.

He indicated that there is need to civic educate the returnees on the dangers of working in a foreign country without valid papers.

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According to Nankhumwa, such people need to be educated on the risks associated with working in a foreign land without the blessings of the government.

Commenting on the repatriation process, Nankhumwa disclosed that 45 more people masquerading as Malawians have camped at one site in South Africa waiting to be ferried back home.

“We have already sent some immigration officers and security officers to verify if indeed these people are Malawians, because we don’t want to find ourselves in situation where we are repatriating people who are not Malawians so we are not taking any chances. Where were they when we were ferrying others,” queried Nankhumwa.

Over 3,200 Malawians have been repatriated in the past weeks.

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