The Star (Nairobi)

23 February 2013

Kenya: 13 Ethiopians Held in Makindu

Thirteen illegal immigrants arrested by police in Makueni on Wednesday night were taken to Makindu law court on Thursday.

The Ethiopians aged between 18-35 years appeared before the Makindu Senior Resident Magistrate Michael Kizito to answer charges of being in the country without authorization documents.

They however could not plead to the charges because of language barrier. Their case has been adjourned to February 26 when a translator will be available.

The 13 were nabbed by the police in Emali while traveling in Nissan matatu registration number KBB 337F heading to Nairobi following a tip-off.

Makueni Police boss Joshua ole Leina said an unknown caller told the police a matatu belonging to Naekana matatu Sacco had been carjacked along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway with several occupants.

He said the police acted immediately and found the matatu Nissan parked near Emali slaughter house with three men standing outside.

The men disappeared when they spotted the police and on search the officers found the immigrants bangled at the rear seat of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, police in Makueni last night arrested eight more illegal immigrants in Kiima Kiu, Salama heading to Mombasa, barely a day after the thirteen were arraigned in court. Barely days after thirteen illegal immigrants were arraigned in court,

They were travelling in a Mombasa bound bus belonging to Vanga Bus Company at around 1am when they were arrest. Confirming the incident the Makueni police boss Joshua Ole Leina said, the police stopped the bus for normal search when they found the immigrants.

He said the eight did not have documents authorizing their stay in Kenya. They will be arraigned in court today.

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