26 June 2014

Tanzania: Court Orders Deportation of Illegal Burundian Immigrant

THE Kisutu Resident Magistrates' Court in Dar es Salaam ordered a Burundian national, Vanessa Shuwejimana, (19), who was allegedly found conducting prostitution at a hotel in Kariakoo area along Pemba street, to be deported back to her mother country.

Senior Resident Magistrate Frank Moshi reached the decision after convicting her of illegal stay in Tanzania. He directed the Immigration Department to enforce the court's order immediately after Vanessa had completed serving the sentence imposed on her.

The magistrate had sentenced the woman to either pay a 100,000/- fine or go to jail for one year in default after having convicted her on own plea of guilty to the charge of illegal stay in the country.

An official with the Immigration department, Patrick Ngayomela, had told the court that on June 16, this year, at Clinton Hotel situated at Kariakoo in Ilala district, being a citizen of Burundi, Vanessa was found unlawfully present in the country.

Initially, when she was brought to court in respect of the offence last week, she had denied the charge. The court ordered her remanded and the case was adjourned to yesterday for preliminary hearing as the prosecution had completed investigations into the matter.

But when the case was called in yesterday's session, the Burundian national changed her plea and decided to plead guilty to the charge. The magistrate subsequently convicted her of the offence as charged.

During presentation of the memorandum of facts, Mr Ngayomela, who was prosecuting the matter, told the court that on June 16, this year, at the hotel, the lady was found engaging in prostitution, besides having no permit allowing her to stay in the country.

Recently, the same court convicted of illegal stay in the country a Nigerian pastor, Frank Yobo, who had been in the country since 2012 propagating religion at various places in Dar es Salaam, in particular at Kigamboni area. He was sentenced to six months in jail or pay 100,000/- fine.

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