The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has detained former Minister of Homeland Security Cecelia Chazama and former Director General of the Department of Immigration Masauko Medi.
Four others have also been arrested in connection with the suspected hiring of 127 unqualified immigration assistants.
The arrested individuals are accused of abuse of office, according to a statement issued by ACB principal public relations officer Egrita Ndala.
“We received a complaint alleging that the Immigration Department had recruited 210 immigration assistants who did not possess the required qualifications.
“The Bureau conducted investigations which established that the Department of Immigration had recruited 127 persons as immigration assistants although they did not have the necessary qualifications,” the statement reads.
The four other accused persons are former Principal Secretary for the Department of Human Resource Management and Development Hilario Chimota and immigration officers Limbani Chawinga, Pudensiana Makalamba and Chandiwira Chidothe.