15 April 2014

Kenya: Five Chinese Admit Illegal Employment

TEN foreigners were yesterday arraigned in a Mombasa court and charged for being illegally in the country. Among the ten were five Chinese, three Eritrea's, one Somali and an American national respectively.

The ten appeared before senior principal magistrate Richard Odenyo where they made to plea to their charges. The five Chinese pleaded guilty to engaging in employment without a work permit, being unlawfully present in the country and unlawfully obstructing an immigration officer from executing his duties on the day of arrest.

They admitted that on April 11 at Foton East Africa limited were found engaging in employment as sales persons of the company without a valid work permit.

They also admitted before court that being Chinese citizens were unlawfully present in the country, and also obstructed an immigration officer from arresting them by locking themselves in a room.

The court was informed that officers from the immigration department were on their normal patrol duties and upon inquiring permits to allow them work and stay in the country could not produce any. The five were fined Sh 50,000 each or serve six months in jail for every count.

The Somali and American national denied that on April 13 at Magongo area in Changamwe within Changamwe county being Somali and American citizens respectively were found unlawfully in the country.

They were arrested by police from Changamwe police station since they could not produce documents validating their stay in the country. They will appear in court on April 22 for the hearing of their case.

Copyright © 2014 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.