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The Department of Immigration and the Malawi Police Service have arrested some Indian and Pakistan nationals who have allegedly been working in the country without work permits and one without a passport in Lilongwe.

The exercise is reportedly part of the drive to flush out illegal immigrant workers some of whom are apparently taking up menial jobs despite that, except on special arrangements, importing labour has restrictions to the point that only the expertise that is not available in the country is sought from elsewhere.

Central Region Immigration spokesperson Ealack Banda confirmed the arrests yesterday.

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Three Pakistan and six Indian nationals were reportedly found with no proper employment permits and one without a passport.

“The Immigration department is working on arrangements for the nine to appear in court,” Banda said.

Other foreign nationals who were also arrested in the sweeping exercise were reportedly set free after they produced the required documents.

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Last week, the Immigration Department in conjunction with the police also arrested 67 nationals who were allegedly working at Salima Sugar Company without employment permits.

The 67 are said to have come in the country in June after the Malawi government had given them permission to come.

The 67 Indians were Monday released on bail while pleading not guilty to their offense.

According to Green Belt Initiative Spokesperson Maganizo Mazeze, bail conditions indicate that each should pay a bail bond of K100, 000 and two non-cash sureties and surrender travel documents.

“At the moment we will continue to follow the process of the law until everything is done according to law,” he said.

Salima Sugar Company is a public limited company with 60 percent of its shares held by the Aum Sugar Company Limited of India and 40 percent of the shares held by the Malawi government through the Greenbelt Authority

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