15 January 2013

Tanzania: Police Hold Three for Human Trafficking

POLICE in Dar es Salaam are holding two Burundi nationals and a Tanzanian suspected of human trafficking.The Burundi nationals, Ndeshimiye Abdulkabir (30), a businessman and Nduwayezi Blaise (24), a student of Brigde College in Bujumbura, were arrested after being implicated by a Tanzanian, Issa Omary (39), who is alleged of involvement in transporting four Ethiopians to South Africa through Mtwara.

Kinondoni Region Police Commander (RPC), Mr Charles Kenyela told reporters that the Ethiopians were arrested at the house of Omary in Kimara Bonyokwa area where they were crammed in one room.

"Preliminary investigations reveal, the Ethiopians arrived in the city on Wednesday last week by Dar Express bus and were received by their purported host Omary at Kimara Korogwe before taking them to his place at Kimara Bonyokwa," said Mr Kenyela.The RPC mentioned the names of the Ethiopians who were arrested as Maarufu Adulahman (23), Tasfahun Larebo (23), Sesibo Handore (20) and Solomon Wathiro (20).

"The plan was for the suspects to stay at Omary's house for the evening before being relocated to Lunch Time Hotel in Manzese where they would have been handed over to the Burundians who were waiting for them," he further said.The Burundi nationals were found with Burundian passports with registration numbers OP 0024157 and OP 0004268 which were provided last year (2012), ATM Cards of ABSA and FNB banks and five bus tickets from Ngitu Express bus which show that they were expected to leave for Mtwara last Friday at 06:00am.

In another incident, Mr Kenyela has confirmed the death of a security guard from Turu Security company, one Ramson Maginga (33) who hanged himself using a rope at Boko Makaburini area.The deceased's body was taken to Mwananyamala hospital for preservation while police are investigating the matter.

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