Malawians stranded in Zimbabwe – Capital Radio Malawi
22 June, 2024

Some Malawian nationals are stranded in Zimbabwe as the Malawian Embassy there is failing to fund their transport costs after being deported.

This has been revealed following the arrival of 32 deportees at Mwanza border yesterday.

This is a group that managed to source funds for their return home and the embassy just facilitated their repatriation exercise.

According to the Acting immigration publicist for Mwanza border, Sophina Chibenthu Mwenda, the individuals were in transit to South Africa without proper travel documents using unchartered routes.

Out of the 32 deportees, 9 are from Mangochi, one from Zomba, one from Mulanje, one from Ntcheu and 20 are from Machinga district.

In a statement, Mwenda says they were intercepted in different townships of Zimbabwe and on different days enroute to South Africa.

The 32 Malawian that have been repatriated

She explains that they were put in different prisons for 2 weeks after the court ordered their deportation then transferred to Harare prison where they stayed for one month and 3weeks.

Due to financial challenges, it is said they were instructed to find financial resources to fund their trip as the Malawi Embassy could not afford.

Currently, some are still at the Harare prison waiting for financial assistance to return home.

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