By Staff Writer
The Immigration Department collected non-tax revenue amounting to over 759 million Kwacha in 2021 against an annual target of 357,000,859.
Immigration Department Director General Denny Lungu says the Department collected beyond the target by about 401 million Kwacha.
Dr Lungu also said that the Immigration Department witnessed an unprecedented number of persons from Ethiopia entering the country illegally through Eastern Province.
Dr Lungu said the detention of the suspects overwhelmed the already overcrowded correctional facilities.
Speaking during the Senior and Regional Immigration Officers Annual Conference, He said it has been difficult to expeditiously remove the Ethiopians who had served their sentences due to logistical and financial challenges such as travel documents and air tickets.
And Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Jack Mwiimbu, who officially opened the Annual Conference, said his Ministry will ensure the Zambia Immigration Management System (ZIMS) is rolled out to all Immigration controls across the country and in Zambia
s missions abroad.
Mr. Mwiimbu said this is expected to provide an end-to-end solution that will enhance both security and revenue collection.
“Government will support the Department of Immigration’s efforts aimed at securing the country’s long border line to curb illegal border crossings, I want to assure the officers that his office will support the formulation and revision of policies and laws aimed at enhancing access to justice and observance of the rule of law and human rights,” he said.