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.