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Mozambique deports 4,000 foreign nationals

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Mozambique authorities deported at least 4,000 foreign nationals in a crackdown against illegal migration in 2017 alone, officials said.

A statement by the National Migration Services (Senami), said the figure suggested a 46 per cent rise from the previous year’s.

The statement said Malawi nationals topped the list with 871 deportations, Zimbabweans with 744 and Tanzanians with 322. Some 212 were also expelled from Mozambique in 2017, according to the statement.

Possession of fake passports, Senami explained, was the main crime committed by the foreign nationals, adding that Cabo Delgado and Tete provinces had the most influx.

Cabo Delgado Province, about 1,663km north of Maputo, boasts of minerals such as gold, grenadines, aquamarines, tourmalines, blue topaz and green tourmalines.

The northernmost Mozambican province borders Tanzania and is divided into 16 districts, with an area of 77,867km² and a population of 1,893,156.

The mineral industry plays a significant role in the Mozambique economy.

A fortnight ago, Mozambique police deported 11 Malawi nationals intent on sneaking into South Africa.

According to VOA Radio, the Malawi nationals were travelling without passports in Sofala Province on their way to South Africa.

“We repatriated 11 Malawi illegal nationals,” VOA Radio quoted Manica Province migration services spokesperson Jeorge Machava as saying.

Annually, 500 Malawi nationals were deported from Mozambique trying to sneak into South Africa, according to VOA.

Last October, Mozambican authorities deported 88 Malawi nationals suspected of attempting to sneak into South Africa.

The 88 were arrested in Tete Province after using uncharted routes and improper travel documents.

The more expansive Mozambique almost surrounds Malawi.

Malawi hosted thousands of Mozambican refugees during and in the aftermath of the latter’s protracted civil war.

However, their relations have deteriorated in the recent years.

An estimated 10,000 Mozambicans were believed to have fled to Malawi, to escape the conflict at home.

Mozambican authorities last June confirmed that some 6,346 refugees had returned home from Malawi.

Both Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa are members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The SADC bloc also includes Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

South Africa is the largest economy and the most developed SADC state.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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