23 November 2012

Tanzania: Funds Needed to Deport Illegal Immigrants in Kagera

Photo: UNHCR F. Noy
Illegal immigrants invade Tanzania.

AUTHORITIES in Kagera Region have appealed for enough funds to enable them deport hundreds of aliens hiding in various villages in the area.

Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC) Fabian Massawe, said on Tuesday that there were over 35,000 illegal immigrants hiding in some villages in the region.

He said the aliens included refugees from Rwanda who have remained in the country." The situation is becoming worse as more Rwandese continue to enter the country illegally," he said.

According to Mr Massawe, some unfaithful village leaders colluded with aliens by selling them land, thus causing disputes between them.

He also said the illegal immigrants entered the country with big numbers of unvaccinated livestock, causing a security risk in Karagwe, Biharamulo, Ngara and Muleba districts.

The Minister for Home Affairs, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, accompanied by Ministers Aggrey Mwanri and Deputy Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements, Goodluck Ole-Medeye, are currently touring Karagwe District to assess the situation.

Addressing residents of Nyakasimbi Ward, on Wednesday, Minister Nchimbi appealed for calm assuring the residents that the government was aware of the problem and necessary steps were being taken to address the problem.

Anna Mary Gideon (47), Sarapion Chonaboine (65) and Jasson Aligawesa (53) appealed for urgent government intervention as hundreds of Rwandese had recently entered the Ward and they were given land by some greedy village leaders.

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