Saturday, 25 August 2012

commerce minister directs eastern province PS to relocate mwami boarder

Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Bob Sichinga has directed Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Hlobotha Nkunika to facilitate the relocation of the border facility at Mwami border post near Malawi.

Speaking when he toured Mwami border post, Mr. Sichinga observed that the shifting of the boarder five kilometers into Zambia has negatively affected operations at the border because some of the facilities, such as the weigh bridge, are now operating on Malawian land.
He has expressed concern that even the Zambian parking lot remains in Malawi despite the relocation of the entry point.
Mr Sichinga has stated that there is urgent need to relocate the border facility to ease operations, saying officers have complained of inadequate office space.
And addressing the business community at Protea Hotel and Luangwa Lodge later on, Mr Sichinga appealed for support towards the construction of industrial clusters at border points.
Mr Sichinga has advised the business community to be financially disciplined if they are to succeed.
Meanwhile, Immigration Officer in Charge at Mwami border post, Mutinta Hatembo disclosed that authorities are faced with challenges because there are too many illegal entry points between Zambia and Malawi.
Ms Hatembo says it is difficult to control passage of illegal immigrants because most of them use illegal routes.
Ms Hatembo also said there was need to construct a new and bigger border facility to ease operations because the same point is used to attend to entry and exit of people.
She says the separation of the two will enhance operations.

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