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Tanzania suspects nuclear weapons plant in Malawi

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Reports reaching the country’s immigration authorities suggest that the Tanzanian Government suspects Malawi is building nuclear weapons at the Kayerekera Uranium Mine in Karonga.

The revelation comes after the arrest of eight Tanzanian nationals who were found loitering around the Kayerekera Uranium Mine last week and were charged with criminal trespass.

Spokesperson for the Songwe border in Karonga Yusuf Shaibu confirmed that there is high suspicion that the eight led by one Ashura Yasiri aged 63 years were on a government spying mission.

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Currently, the eight, two of which are women, are on remand while investigations continue.

Following the development, Shaibu disclosed that senior Immigration authorities from neighbouring Tanzania were in the country on Wednesday, in what would be described as interference into the work of their Malawian counterparts.

Officer-in-Charge for Kasumulu Border Post, Deputy Commissioner for Immigration Services Taniel Magwaza and his deputy John Njiragiza invaded immigration offices at Songwe demanding for information on the eight.

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“The purpose of their visit was somehow unclear, they kept demanding one thing after the other. Our seniors were assertive enough and handled them professionally, no information on the suspects was divulged,” he said.

With help of the National Intelligence Officer in Karonga, the Principal Immigration Officer, Billy Chizimu, told Magwaza and colleagues that in the meantime their countrymen have been charged with criminal trespass which contravenes Section 314 of the Penal Code.

Commenting on the matter, Principal Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Benson Chisamile, said yesterday that it is laughable to think Malawi is putting up a nuclear plant at a mine which closed its operations way back.

He said: “A mine or any processing plant like Nkula whether operational or not is a protected area, you don’t go there without permission, needless to mention that we too conduct sweeping exercises to get rid of illegal immigrants. It’s a national security requirement.”

On October 13, 2016, a group of 26 students from Tanzania’s Moravian University were intercepted on their way to Kayerekera for failing to book a proper appointment prior to the visit.

The group was led by one Reverend Leman Jere.

This is happening at a time when Malawi and Tanzania are failing to reach a conclusive resolution on who duly owns the north-eastern part of Lake Malawi.

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