Special Law Commission calls for immigration law review to enhance Malawi’s development

Ministry of Homeland Security Chief Director, Doctor Hudson Mankhwala has said that reviewing the old immigration law to be in line with the current country’s constitution laws would help enhance the country's developments.

He made the remarks on Tuesday during a daylong meeting for the special Law Commission on the review of the immigration Act which was held at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe city.

Mankhwala, the Deputy Chairperson of the Special Law Commission on the review of the immigration Act, said that the country is operating under the old law of immigration; hence, the Law Commission decided to review the law to be in line with the updated constitutional laws of the country.

“The fact is that Malawi is still operating under the immigration law which is old as 1964 against the republican constitution of 1994, for this reason, the law commission decided to review the law to be in line with the constitution of the country because the whole immigration law is now outdated,” Mankhwala said.

Mankhwala: Malawi is still operating under the immigration law which is old as 1964-pic by Moses Nyirenda

He added that the Special Law Commission on the review of the immigration Act has among other things proposed to rearrange permits regarding immigration.

“The special Law Commission has proposed the introduction of new permits which include, asylum seekers, permit, diplomatic permits as well as the electronic permits which are already in operational but they need to be embedded in the country’s constitution,” he said.

In her comment, Law Commissioner under the Law Commission, Rosemary Kumitsonyo Kanyuka expressed confidence that the review of the immigration Act would assist in promoting tourism and controlling security in the country.

“Currently Malawi is operating within the global world hence there is need to rearrange its laws alongside inter1 arrangements.

“For example, the introduction of the electronic visa would help people from outside the country to have easy access of getting into the country hence this would assist to promote tourism, additionally the electronic permits would help to control security in the areas where cannot be covered manually,” she explained.

Kanyuka: Malawi needs to rearrange its laws alongside inter1 arrangements-pic by Moses Nyirenda

In his remarks, Inter1 Organization for Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission to Malawi, Mpilo Nkomo commended the Government of Malawi through the Law Commission for the review of the immigration Act saying that the review is timely.

“I commend the Government of Malawi through the Law Commission for reviewing the immigration Act; the development is timely because a lot of changes have happened in the immigration arena inter1ly.