Police in the northern district of Malawi, Nkhata Bay, are keeping in cutody nine Mozambican men for entering into the country illegally.
According to the Nkhata Bay police public relations officer, Ignatius Esau, he said they received a tip off from some villagers that there are Mozambican nationals working as fishermen along the lake shore.
“We received reports from some villagers that there are fishermen from Mozambique who have been brought to Nkhata Bay two Malawians to work for them. On June 11, 2016, a team of police officers led by D. C. Nhlane who is the head of CID at Nkhata Bay Police Station stormed Kang’oma village in the area of Traditional Authority Mankhambira where the nine illegal Mozambicans were arrested”, said Esau.
The police officer identified the Mozambicans as; Mashalo Kawacha 25yrs and Frank Mwajulo, 25, both of Chitegi village, Raphael Mapeza 21yrs of Kachitete village, Frank Khuni 30yrs from Chigoma village, Charles Damalanga 26yrs, Yohane Zita, 19, both from Mataka village, Thomas Kauma 24yrs, Noel Farahan 28yrs, and Frank Chitege, 19yrs, all from Chigoma village.
During the operation, it was discovered that the nine Mozambicans were aided into Malawi by two Malawian men, Mr Jaja Kamanga 65yrs of Kang’oma village in the area Traditonal Authority Mankhambira in Nkhata Bay district and Mr Andrew Kanyenda, 43 yrs of Ngani village in the area of Traditional Authority Mkumpha in Likoma district. The two men who were their employers have also been arrested.
The nine Mozambicans will appear in court soon to answer a charge of Illegal entry which infringes section 21 of the Immigration Act.