Five Ethiopians possessing passports from Australia, German arrested in Tanzania


Five Ethiopians possessing passports from Australia, German arrested in Tanzania
By Meddy Mulisa
Bukoba — POLICE in Kagera Region on Sunday morning arrested five Ethiopian nationals possessing international passports with dual citizenship at Nyakanazi Post in Biharamulo District while heading to Dar es Salaam, the Acting Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Giles Mroto, has said.
Addressing a press conference, Mr Mroto named the aliens as Kibrom Negassi (37), an Ethiopian with Australian citizenship holding a passport with serial number 6627791, which was issued on April 27, 2012 in Australia.
Other aliens were identified as Alex Yohannes (28), an Ethiopian with German citizenship, possessing a passport with serial number C8HNZJJRK, which was issued in Germany on January 14, 2010 and Ahmed Jama (35), an Ethiopian with Belgium citizenship, possessing a passport with serial number B4420687, which was issued in Belgium on January 14, 2010.
The rest are Tefri Abate (32), an Ethiopian holding a passport with serial number 102604336 issued in Ethiopia on July 15, 2014 and Berham Meron (31) from Asmara, Eritrea.
According to Mr Mroto, the five aliens were nabbed aboard Sumry High Class Bus with registration number T 777 BWL plying between Bukoba and Dar es Salaam.
“We are still investigating the circumstances that enabled the aliens from various foreign countries, including Germany, Belgium and Australia, to travel together. Terrorism is among the clues we were trailing,” he said.
Mr Mroto told reporters that on being questioned, the aliens said they were heading to Dar es Salaam to start a hotel business.
“However, on being searched they were found in possession of 2,951 US dollars, equivalent to 5m/- only. This amount is very small to start a hotel business,” he remarked.
According to the acting RPC, the police were also looking for a Ugandan, William Ahmed, for aiding the aliens. He has reportedly gone into hiding.
He said upon completion of investigations, the aliens will be arraigned to answer a charge of unlawful entry into Tanzania.
The acting RPC further said that one Justine Kanyangisaka (37), who possesses a passport with serial number 196137 and a driving licence with serial number 11980800190942, was nabbed by police and found to have a dual Rwanda-Burundi citizenship.
“Initial investigations revealed that he was a former soldier in the Rwandan Army and had later deserted to Burundi. He was also found in possession of 20 mobile phones. We are still investigating the circumstances behind his incursion into the country,” he said.
Mr Mroto said Kanyangisaka was yesterday arraigned before the Bukoba Resident Magistrate’s Court, where he was convicted of unlawful entry into Tanzania and sentenced to six months imprisonment for the offence, pending further investigations.
He also said two Bukoba residents, Alhaj Issa (80), a resident of Miembeni ward and Francis Wilson (58) from Uswahilini area in Bukoba Municipality, were helping the police in their investigations for hiring two firearms to Nyamiaga Security Company.
The ag. RPC cautioned that it was a criminal offence for any security firm to conduct its operations by hiring firearms from private individuals, adding that the suspects would be arraigned after investigations are complete.
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