Malawi has a new Chief Immigration Officer. He is Hudson Mankhwala. He replaces Elvis Thodi.
Mr. Mankhwala, who was Chief Passports Officer, has served at the Immigration department quite a long time. At one point he also acted as the department's spokesperson.
Mr. Thodi who was appointed as the Chief Immigration Officer in the late Bingu wa Mutharika regime, was recently taken to task by the current Malawi president, Joyce Banda for what some officers in the department said lack of proper administration.
The appointment of Mr. Mankhwala to this highest post in the immigration department comes a day after the head of state bemourned the illegal entry of foreigners in Malawi especially through the borders in the northern region.
"I would like to point it out here, and I have done this deleiberately, that I talk of this issue while I am here in the north.
"There are a lot of illegal immigrants in this country and statics show that most of them get into this country through the northern part of Malawi which is here, and they get through the boarders, aided by us, Malawians," lamented the president.
The Malawi leader disclosed that the developement is also a concern to neignbouring countries such that the Tanzania government has proposed for a meeting on the issue, that will also involve other countries like Zambia.
The president also revealed that she is keeping passports of foreigners who were given as Malawia passports yet they can not utter any local language.
"this is bad and it has to stop. You are not doing any good to the country because other than overpopulating Malawi you will see that the many businesses that are supposed to be undertaken by the locals are in the hands of these foreigners, which is not good development,"the president cautioned.
Eearly this month, Mrs. Joyce Banda summoned Mr. Thodi and some senior officers in the Immigration department to afct finding mission and at that meeting the officers blankly pointed out the maladministration acts that were happening during the reign of Mr. Thodi as immigration boss.
Immigration department falls under the ministry of home affairs and the state president has vowed to assist the department with resources that will curb illegal immigration amongest many other rackets in the department.