Zimbabwe Jails 148 Malawian Nationals Found Without Legal Documents

Zimbabwe Jails 148 Malawian Nationals Found Without Legal Documents

 

 

Zimbabwe has sentenced 148 Malawian nationals to between four and six months in prison, the Malawi Freedom Network reports. The Malawians are awaiting deportation by the Chivhu and Mvuma magistrates. Authorities say 65 travellers were intercepted by police in Chivhu, while 83 were arrested in Mvuma, the

 

media reported. Chivhu Magistrate Henry Sande sentenced the group of 65 to four months’ imprisonment, wholly suspended, pending deportation. Prosecutors told the media on Monday that police officers manning a roadblock at the 141km peg along Harare-Masvingo Road intercepted 65 Malawians

 

 

travelling by road. The foreign nationals were in two buses. The Zimbabwe Republic Police officers found 55 passengers on the Sarge bus and 11 on the other bus. Earlier this month, Zimbabwean police detained 86 Malawians suspected of trying to cross into South Africa illegally. Police said the 86 Malawians were found

 

 

in a house in a town near Zimbabwe’s border with Mozambique. “On August 15, police in Murewa arrested 86 foreign nationals comprising 76 males and 10 females, for entering the country without travel documents,” the Zimbabwe Republic Police said. “The suspects were

 

 

intercepted at a house in a medium-density suburb in Murewa after being assisted by a local transporter.” Zimbabwe is a major transit corridor for African immigrants trying to reach South Africa.