18 December 2012

Tanzania: 100 Illegal Migrants Netted in Arusha

Photo: UNHCR F. Noy
Illegal immigrants invade Tanzania.

IMMIGRATION officers in Arusha region have impounded a lorry which was allegedly ferrying about 100 illegal immigrants through Longido district.

Speaking from Arusha on Monday, the Regional Immigration Officer, Mr Daniel Namomba, said the migrants were all from Ethiopia, accompanied by four Tanzanians who were escorting them.

He explained that the truck was carrying 96 Ethiopians and four local conduits and was stopped at the wilderness striding Ngerian and Tinga Tinga villages in Longido district. The immigrants were bundled in the rear cargo section of the light truck, while the Tanzanians who must have been behind the racket were in the front cabin with the driver.

Mr Namomba stated that the immigrants were being transported into the country from Kenya, but did not follow the official Namanga border and instead used illegal paths famously known as 'Panya Routes '.

Late last week 13, other immigrants were arrested in Arusha at Matevesi village in Kisongo ward on the outskirts of Arusha, bringing the total number of illegal aliens who were caught here in less than a week to be 113.

All the culprits have been taken to court. Ethiopians, Somalis and people from Eritrea use Kenya and Tanzania as passage routes on their way to South Africa which happens to be their green pasture and sometimes their springboard to overseas countries. Local people are said to be agents of harbouring and transporting them in exchange of hefty money.

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