Bukoba — MORE than 6,809 illegal immigrants have been apprehended in Kagera, Kigoma and Geita regions in the ongoing exercise to repatriate them to their home countries.
Head of the operation to send illegal aliens to their respective countries, Mr Simon Sirro said since the campaign began on September 6, this year, apart from the aliens they had also managed to confiscate 22 fire arms and 367 rounds of ammunition in the regions.
Speaking to journalists recently, Sirro said the operation was in fulfillment of President Jakaya Kikwete's directive to apprehend all illegal immigrants in order to curtail, among others, increasing armed robbery incidents, the majority of which were reportedly carried out by illegal immigrants.
He said in the first phase of the operation, which ends on September 20, those nabbed were 1,446 Rwandans, 4,229 Burundians, 647 Ugandans, 443 Congolese, 42 Somalis, while one each were from Yemen and India.
He added that 2,377 illegal immigrants had already deported to their home countries following court orders while 396 were set free after thorough investigation into their nationality.
He added that 1866 went back home countries on their own will while 2170 were still being questioned at various centres.
He said during the operation 32 armed robbery suspects were arrested, all of them being Tanzanians, as well as six hand grenades confiscated, including four sub-machine guns, one shotgun, a riffle, 265 SMG rounds of ammunition and a sub-automatic rifle.