The country’s immigration authorities suggest that the Tanzanian Government suspects Malawi is building nuclear weapons at the Kayerekera Uranium Mine in Karonga.

The revelation comes after the arrest
of eight Tanzanian nationals who were
found loitering around the Kayerekera
Uranium Mine last week and were
charged with criminal trespass.
Spokesperson for the Songwe border
in Karonga Yusuf Shaibu confirmed that
there is high suspicion that the eight
led by one Ashura Yasiri aged 63 years
were on a government spying mission.
Currently, the eight, two of which are
women, are on remand while
investigations continue.
Following the development, Shaibu
disclosed that senior Immigration
authorities from neighbouring Tanzania
were in the country on Wednesday, in
what would be described as
interference into the work of their
Malawian counterparts.
Officer-in-Charge for Kasumulu Border
Post, Deputy Commissioner for
Immigration Services Taniel Magwaza
and his deputy John Njiragiza invaded
immigration offices at Songwe
demanding for information on the eight.
“The purpose of their visit was
somehow unclear, they kept
demanding one thing after the other.
Our seniors were assertive enough
and handled them professionally, no
information on the suspects was
divulged,” he said.
With help of the National Intelligence
Officer in Karonga, the Principal
Immigration Officer, Billy Chizimu, told
Magwaza and colleagues that in the
meantime their countrymen have been
charged with criminal trespass which
contravenes Section 314 of the Penal
Code.
Commenting on the matter, Principal
Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs
and Internal Security, Benson
Chisamile, said yesterday that it is
laughable to think Malawi is putting up
a nuclear plant at a mine which closed
its operations way back.
He said: “A mine or any processing
plant like Nkula whether operational or
not is a protected area, you don’t go
there without permission, needless to
mention that we too conduct sweeping
exercises to get rid of illegal
immigrants. It’s a national security
requirement.”
On October 13, 2016, a group of 26
students from Tanzania’s Moravian
University were intercepted on their
way to Kayerekera for failing to book a
proper appointment prior to the visit.
The group was led by one Reverend
Leman Jere.
This is happening at a time when
Malawi and Tanzania are failing to
reach a conclusive resolution on who
duly owns the north-eastern part of
Lake Malawi.mine-610x365

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