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Mozambique deports 28 Malawians

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The Mozambican government on Sunday deported 28 Malawians for working in that country without proper documents.

The Malawians who were working in estates and mines arrived in the country through Namizana Border Post in Mchinji.

Other reports indicate that there were more than 100 Malawians but the rest escaped while on their way into the country.

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Immigration Officer-in- Charge at Namizana Border Post, Michael Trigu, refused to comment, and referred the matter to Central Region Immigration Spokesperson, Ellack Banda, who confirmed the development.

According to Banda, the deported people are from the districts of Lilongwe, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mzimba and Zomba.

Banda said they were arrested in two places; Mkantha which is about 20 kilometres inside Mozambique and Mgomo area where there is a gold mine.

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“Out of these 28 people, three are women, one was a minor and the rest are men. Some have valid documents, while others have not as they were only given border pass to travel into Mozambique. Unfortunately, these people have been working in estates while others were working at a mine without work permit and that is why they were arrested and deported back home,” Banda said.

He observed that foreigners anywhere are required to have work permit, and that is why the Immigration Department always encourages Malawians travelling outside the country to work, to have passports and that once they arrive in that country, they should apply for work permit.

Last month, over 100 Malawians were deported from Tanzania, and thousands others are detained at Lindela Prison in South Africa.

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