More Somalis arrested in Eastern province

The Immigration Department in Chipata district, Eastern Province has arrested twenty five Somalis for entering the country illegally.

Immigration Department Public Relations Officer, Mulako Mbangweta confirmed the arrest of 24 men and a 15 year old girl this morning.

Ms Mbangweta said the 25 Somalis who were arrested at Mpezeni Park in Kapata Township were from Malawi traveling to Zimbabwe enroute to South Africa.

She said the officers were tipped about the presence of the Somalis by a driver of a canter truck from whom the foreign nationals wanted to get transport to proceed with their journey.

Ms Mbangweta said the 25 Somalis have been detained at Namuseche Prison in Chipata.

And Ms Mbangweta has asked Zambians to report suspicious movements of foreign nationals.

She said the immigration department was arresting Somalis who were entering the country illegally almost every week.

Ms Mbangweta disclosed that human trafficking had become a profitable business and required the involvement of all stakeholders to curb the illegal trade.

Last month 77 Somalis were arrested in Petauke after entering the country illegally while in May this year 16 Malawians were also arrested for entering the country without proper documents on their way to South Africa.

Meanwhile, four Malawians were yesterday arrested in Mgubudu area in Chipata district for attempting to obtain green national registration cards in the on going mobile issuance of National Registration Cards (NRC).

Ms Mbangweta said that the four Malawians tried to obtain the NRC’s by giving false representation.

They have also been detained at Namuseche Prison and will appear in court soon.

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