Police in Dedza have arrested 27 Malawians for attempting to sneak back to South Africa using the same bus that the government hired to repatriate them back to Malawi few days ago.

The development comes barely days after Police in Lilongwe detained Volvo bus registration NA 4151 carrying over 70 Malawians who among them were xenophobia victims who have just been repatriated.

Acting Immigration Officer for Dedza border, Macfelix Mapemba confirmed of the development in an interview with the Press, saying all the detainees were from Mzimba district.

Mapemba also said some of the arrested people were also in the bus that was detained last week in Lilongwe.

Upon arrival at Dedza border the officers before arresting them they seized their passports.

According to Mapemba, the man who was facilitating the trip has been taken to Immigration Headquarters in Lilongwe for questioning.

The xenophobic violence which is said to have been necessitated by the remarks by Zulu king Goodwill Zwelethini has left over 3500 Malawians homeless with seven deaths.

The government has so far repatriated over 900 Malawians and others are expected to arrive in two days time.

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