Immigration Dept. reverses transfers of officers punished over Chilima’s trip

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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has reversed the transfers of five top immigration officers who were moved following Vice President Saulos Chilima’s trip to the United States.

Director General of the Department Masauko Medi issued a memo on Monday, 14th January 2019 transferring five top immigration officers from the Centre and North with immediate effect.

According to reports, the transfers were issued because the officers allowed Chilima’s aides and bodyguards to escort the vice president on his trip to the US.

Government officials were angry that Chilima’s four security officers and aides were allowed to exit the country through Kamuzu International Airport on Sunday and escort their boss.

However, in the memo issued on Monday, Medi said the transfers were necessitated by “the exigencies of service”.

Medi transferred Chief Immigration Officer for Central Region Mrs Martha Mapemba to Mchinji Immigration Office as officer –in-charge.

Mr S Kalimanjira who is Principal Immigration Officer was chosen as acting Regional Immigration Officer (Centre) to replace Mapemba.

Principal Immigration Officer from Kamuzu International Airport Immigration Office Mr Mwanganda was transferred to the North to be deputy regional immigration office.

Medi then moved Mrs C Gumbo from Karonga Immigration Office to be Officer-In-Charge at Kamuzu International Airport Immigration Office.

Chief Immigration Officer from Mchinji Mr Yesaya was also to Regional Immigration Office (Centre).

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