The Malawian Embassy in Harare is failing to fund the transport costs for its nationals who are intercepted while on their way to South Africa.
This has been revealed following the arrival of 32 deportees at the Mwanza border on Friday, Capital FM Malawi reported citing an Acting immigration publicist for the Mwanza border, Sophina Chibenthu Mwenda.
The group reportedly managed to source funds for their return home and the embassy just facilitated their repatriation exercise.
Mwenda said the individuals who were going to South Africa were illegally in Zimbabwe since they did not have proper travel documents.
In a statement, Mwenda says the 32 were intercepted in different townships of Zimbabwe and on different days.
She said they were put in different prisons for 2 weeks after a Harare court ordered their deportation then transferred them to Harare prison where they stayed for one month and three weeks.
Due to financial challenges, they were instructed to find financial resources to fund their trip as the Malawi Embassy could not afford.
Currently, some are still at the Harare prison waiting for financial assistance to return home.
It was reported in October that 84 Malawian nationals were languishing in Zimbabwean prisons after they were arrested for travelling without requisite documents.
Zimbabwe does not have holding facilities for immigrants awaiting deportation and as a result, border jumpers are imprisoned.