By Staff Write
The Monze Immigration Office has apprehended 20 Ethiopians for illegal entry into the country.
The immigrants who are aged between 15 and 35 were apprehended by a Joint Team of Immigration and Police Officers around the Monze-Chisekesi Area on Saturday October 8, 2022 between 07:00 and 13:30 hours after they failed to produce documentation legalizing their entry into Zambia.
Immigrations Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka said the Officers were responding to a report from members of the community in the area when they were nabbed as they wandered about in the area, possibly waiting for transport for their onward Journey.
Mr Nshinka said they are currently detained at Monze Police Station pending prosecution.
He said the Officers have also taken a 34-year-old Zambian Taxi Driver of Choma into custody to assist with investigations after it was established that he had been in contact with the illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration on October 9, 2022 removed 43 Ethiopians via Kenneth Kaunda International Airport after paying Court fines for illegal entry and unlawful stay.
Mr Nshinka said the latest removals bring the total number of Ethiopians removed from various Correctional Facilities since September 8, 2022 to 344.
This also brings the total number of persons of different nationalities removed by the Department of Immigration between October 7 and 10, 2022 to 117.
During this period, the Department apprehended 68 persons for various immigration offences, secured 24 convictions and refused Eighteen 18 Foreign Nationals entry into Zambia.