Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

25 August 2014

Tanzania: Aliens Difficult to Identify in Newala

THE National Identification Authority (NIDA) has raised concern to Newala District over what they described as a big number of illegal migrants from Mozambique who regard themselves as Tanzanians.

Speaking to this newspaper on Sunday, the Chief Registrar of the District, Mr Edgar Faraja said that the district has many visitors from Mozambique who live in the district, which is located across the border in Tanzania.

"This is a big challenge in the district because of its location along the border whereby some of the Mozambicans live and others were born and grew up in the area," said Mr Faraja.

He said in the process of filling the application forms some of the migrants identified themselves as Tanzanians making the exercise difficult on the side of the registrar.

He also said the visitors lived in the district for a long time and others have been working in different institutions and the government without being noticed.

The Registrar said during the filling of application forms people were obligated to have the required documents for ID registration for which many people including Tanzanians did not have for unknown reasons.

"For foreigners living in the country legally they are required to have a certificate of residence but many do not have them. They tend to live by habit alone, even if he tells you he is not a Tanzanian still he does not possess the supporting document. The inhabitants live and treat them like members of a family," he said.

He noted that the role of NIDA is registering people based on the information they provide to match it through the cooperation with authorities such as the Registration Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA)

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