Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has asked the Department of Immigration to be more vigilant in safeguarding the country’s borders, travel documents and residence permits.
The minister said this on Thursday when he toured the Immigration Department headquarters in Blantyre where he held a closed-door meeting with the department’s management.
He said: “Make sure that our documents are protected. They should not be given to dubious crooks, terrorists or people that are not supposed to have those documents.”
Dausi also called on the Immigration Department to only grant permits to investors and not mere traders who, he said, end up taking up jobs meant for Malawians.
“The President has sent me to tell you this: Please, Malawi is for Malawians and the ones to safeguard Malawi are ourselves seated here,” he said.
Chief immigration officer Masauko Medi outlined some of the reforms the department is implementing.
“We are now on the integrated border control, that is, our border is automated here at headquarters, at Kamuzu International Airport and at Chileka. We have also just started the e-visa platform, the e-permit platform and soon we will have the e-passport,” he said.
In his remarks, Ministry of Homeland Security Principal Secretary Sam Madula urged officers in the department to desist from politics.
“In the ministry, there is only one politician, Honourable Nicholas Dausi. Those who want to be politicians, they can resign or retire,” he said.