Three Malawians slammed with 12 months imprisonment for illegal entry into Zambia


Three Malawians have been convicted and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment by the Katete Magistrate Court in Eastern Province for illegal entry into the country, Immigration officials say.

Department of Immigration Public Relations Officer, Namati Nshinka, identified the three as Gilbert Mwale (30), Wezi Kapalamula (26), and Bridget Chaba (21).

Nshinka said the trio were convicted by the Katete Magistrate Court on November 15, 2023 after they were nabbed on November 5, 2023, at an Immigration checkpoint along Great East Road.

He stated that the three were aboard different public service buses when they failed to produce travel documents.

“The Katete Magistrate Court sentenced Gilbert Mwale and Wezi Kapalamula to pay a fine of K 1,000 each or 12 months simple imprisonment,” Nshinka said.

He added that Chaba was fined K500 or to serve 12 months simple imprisonment.

Nshinka further said similarly, the Ndola Regional Immigration Office on November 16, 2023 secured the conviction of a 41-year-old Kenyan businessman, Abdulahi Jama, for unlawful stay in Zambia.

“The was contrary to section 11(3) of the Immigration and Deportation Act Number 18 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia,” he explained.

Nshinka stated that Jama was apprehended on November 8, 2023 in Lubuto during a routine operation after he failed to produce documentation to prove his legal immigration status in Zambia.

He said Jama was sentenced to pay a fine of K 10,000 or nine months simple imprisonment.

“The Katete and Ndola Court outcomes bring the number of convictions secured by the Department of Immigration between 15th and 16th November 2023 to 28,” Nshinka added.

Meanwhile, Nshinka disclosed that the Mpika Immigration Office, on November 15, 2023, apprehended a 31-year-old Tanzanian truck driver, Innocent Joseph Kessi, for aiding and abetting a 31-year-old Burundian, Niyonizigiye Alehaune.

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He said Kessi was nabbed at the Mpika Checkpoint driving a Lusaka-bound Scania truck and Trailer Registration Numbers T359 DLY and T338DNX carrying the Burundian.

“Three other Burundians, namely Peter Jonathan Haruse (33), Juma Rajabu Saline (48), and Hussein Abdalah (25), were apprehended at the same Checkpoint aboard a Lusaka-bound public service bus,” Nshinka stated.

He added that the Tanzanian and four Burundians would soon appear before court for aiding and abetting, and failure to appear before the nearest Immigration Officer, respectively.

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