By Yohane Symon:
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has said authorities in Mozambique have repatriated about 16 Malawians that were dumped by a transporter in Mozambique.
Mwanza Border Immigration spokesperson, Pasqually Zulu, said the victims were dumped in the Mozambique town of Tete.
“It is reported that the bus operator took the victims from Mzimba District to Mozambique on their way to South Africa. When they arrived at Tete, the vehicle developed a fault.
“While the owners were fixing the vehicle, some of the passengers went to buy some food items but did not find the bus when they returned to the spot. The stranded Malawians failed to contact their transporter; hence, surrendered themselves to Mozambican authorities for assistance,” he said.
He said they had gathered that the bus was overloaded and the transporter did not want to be penaliaed by South African and Zimbabwean law enforcers.
“At the moment, we have engaged international police as well as our local police to trace and bring the transporter to book,” he said.