158 foreigners who have been living illegally in the country have been arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Malawi Police Service (MPS) and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services.
According to Deputy National Police Spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Peter Kalaya, the 158 illegal immigrants have been arrested over the weekend in both rural and urban areas across the country where most of them were doing businesses.
Kalaya however said more arrests are imminent
He said: “The operation, which is continuing, aims at ridding out foreigners staying illegally in the country.
“It should be noted that the operation is not targeting refugees as they have a court injunction.”
He said of the 158, 84 have been arrested in the Central Region, 38 in the Northern Region and 36 in the Southern Region.
Reacting to the news, Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda, said Government values people’s rights of movement. however, Chimwendo said Government will never love seeing people living Illegally in the country.
“As Government we value the people’s right to movement. We love seeing people migrating from one country to another.
“Government loves seeing them explore economic opportunities everywhere in the world including our own beloved country Malawi.
“That is why as a nation we have managed to net 156 illegal immigrants who have been staying in our country without having proper documents.”
He added that President Lazarus Chakwera has been advocating for government’s departments to clear the rubbles and his ministry (Chimwendo) is doing the same.
“His Excellency President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera challenged us all that we should first clear the rubble if we are to earnestly develop this country. We are slowly doing it. Soon, this nation shall become great again,” he added.