14 illegal immigrants convicted

 14 illegal immigrants convicted

By ALICE NACHILEMBE
The Nakonde Immigration Office has secured convictions of 10 foreign nationals.

These were three Kenyans for being in possession of passports bearing forged endorsement stamps, five Somalis and 2 Rwandese who failed to appear before the nearest Immigration Officer on entry.

Immigrations Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka said the three Kenyans were intercepted on January 4, 2022 at Wulongo Checkpoint aboard a Lusaka-bound Talwaka Bus after the Officers conducted on board screening

Mr Nshinka said that the Kenyans had presented passports bearing forged endorsement stamps

He said two were sentenced to pay a fine of K 7,000 each or in default  9 months  simple imprisonment, while the other one was fined K 8,000 or in default  9 months  simple imprisonment.

Meanwhile the five Somalis were arrested on January 3, 2022 after investigations revealed that they arrived in Zambia overland at Nakonde Border Control and failed to proceed to appear before the nearest Immigration Officer for entry procedures

The three were each sentenced to pay a fine of K 8,000 or in default  9 months  simple imprisonment, while two were fined K 7,000 or in default  9 months  simple imprisonment.

And a Rwandese was fined K 7,000 and the other K 6,000 or in default 9 months simple imprisonment.

Similarly, the Isoka Immigration Office on January 11, 2022 secured the conviction of Four Rwandese nationals.

In another development, the Lusaka Regional Immigration Office has charged five Chinese nationals for unlawful stay.

They were among 17 Chinese nationals, who were handed over to Immigration after being apprehended by Zambia Police at Sino Mining in Kasisi January 4, 2022. That number rose to 23 after Immigration Officers picked six Chinese nationals at the same place.

“We wish to commend residents of Muchinga Province for partnering with the Department by reporting suspected illegal immigrants to the Department of Immigration. We urge all well meaning citizens and residents to desist from aiding, harbouring and abetting illegal immigrants but to instead report any suspected illegal immigrants to the nearest immigration Office or by calling the Public Relations Office,” he said.

Alice Nachilembe

https://tiozambia.com

Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.