By Vincent Gunde
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Besides the High Court of Malawi sitting at Blantyre Registry stopping the Ministry of Homeland Security from proceeding to revoke 396 citizenships and passports to foreigners, issuance of Passports is still going on to President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse government connected people.
The High Court of Malawi granted the 396 Burundians, Rwandans and Congolese permission to apply for judicial review on the Government of Malawi’s decision to revoke their citizenship, claiming that foreign nationals have been obtaining certificates of naturalization that they are Malawians and Passports through dubious means.
In October, 2020 the High Court of Malawi sitting at Lilongwe Registry convicted former Minister of Home Affairs Uladi Mussa in the Peoples Party’s led Government of President Joyce Banda, on charges of abuse of office in relation to illegal issuance of Passports and citizenships to foreigners after taking bribes.
Alleged written Reports in circulation believed to have come from the Department of Immigration are indicating that on the night of June 7, 2023 the Department issued a Malawi Diplomatic Passport Number MW DOO1402 to a US based Nigerian Dozy Mmobuosi on Interpol list and has heavy debts in USA he came into the country to help Cyclone Freddy survivors.
The issuance of Passport happened at a time when Malawi revoked citizenships to foreign nationals deemed to have been obtained dubiously to the Burundians, Congolese and Rwandans without following procedures.
The Reports say at the beginning of 2023, the Department of Immigration issued two Malawi Diplomatic Passports to a Sudanese invester Gamal Younos Mohammad Number MW DOO1408 and a South African business person Anos Gordon Noah Number MW DOO1406.
It says the two a Sudanese and a South African had fuel deals with the Malawi Government through the Director General of Immigration Department Brigadier Charles Kalumo (Retired) claiming that these Passports were issued without following procedures in less than one Week since their arrival into the country.
’’Surprisingly, with the Passports leaked, the Immigration Director General becomes furious to the officers blaming them of sabotage for leaking such information,’’ reads part of the reports in circulation.
The Reports further say there is an outcry of officers at the Department saying so many officers have been sent on suspension for very minor issues without being heard, one officer was fired recently and was asked to surrender uniform simply for having a conflict with another officer.
They say officers are daily receiving insults being called stupid, foolish and all sorts of names and this is done even in the presence of clients claiming that recently the Director General closed and locked the office for his Deputy Commissioner Stanlake Kalimanjira, he transferred all the duties of the deputy to his staff officer Fletcher Chihana who is an MDF Retired officer.
The Reports say Mr. Chihana was picked by the Director General from outside the Immigration to be his staff officer and was given Immigration uniform without any training contrary to 2012 where even Assistant Commissioners went through training before given uniform.
Meanwhile, Immigration Department officers are planning for a strike to remove the Director General Brigadier Kalumo assuring that President Lazarus Chakwera is aware of this that they need somebody who knows how Immigration works demanding him to appoint a Director General from their own crop.