Salima Immigration office has embarked on a clean-up exercise aimed at flushing out foreigners operating businesses illegally in the district.
In an interview on Monday, the district immigration officer in charge Dalitso Kakhongwe said there are a lot of illegal foreigners in the district.
He said: “People from other countries are supposed to have legal documents permitting them to work here. However, we have noted that a lot of them in the district are operating illegally.
“To that effect, we are conducting a clean-up exercise.”
Kakhongwe warned Malawians hiding foreign nationals, saying it is against the country’s laws.
Dalitso Gome, a business person, welcomed the initiative, saying it will bring sanity and promote security.
Salima District Council trade officer Brino Kamanga said foreigners should have legal documents to operate businesses.
He said: “Foreigners are supposed to operate within the cities as district councils do not permit them to do so.
“In an event that they want to do business in districts, they are supposed to get permits from the responsible ministry.”
The clean-up exercise, which started on Monday, is expected to run for a week.