Tanzania Police Arrest 42 Ethiopian Illegal Immigrants

By IPPMedia

Dar es Salaam (The Guardian)―Police in Dar es Salaam are holding at least 42 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia who were found crammed in a two-roomed house at Kijitonyama area, Kinondoni Municipality.

In an interview with The Guardian yesterday, Kinondoni Regional Police Commander Camilus Wambura confirmed the incidence, revealing that the foreigners were nabbed after ‘Good Samaritans’ volunteered information to the law enforcers.

He said they were now interrogating the immigrants and looking for the owner of the house where they were arrested so as to achieve further information.

He said that police officers conducted the joint operations in which Ethiopians were found living illegally in the country.

He said the immigrants said that after getting the information of the whereabouts of the Ethiopians residing illegally in the country, police officers went into the house and arrested them.

Commander Wambura however disclosed that the language problem between the immigrants and the police had been a barrier. He has however, promised that they would solve and get all the details.

He said that after completing checking on the linkage, further legal action will be taken. The suspects will appear in court after investigations have been completed. He urged citizens to be part and parcel of the operation to smoke out illegal immigrants by informing the relevant authorities once they are doubtful about foreigners in their areas.

Recently, Police in Dar es Salaam nabbed 105 suspected illegal immigrants believed to be Ethiopian nationals for entering the country illegally.

The suspects were arrested in a house at Tabata-Segerea area in Ilala Municipality following a tip off from good citizens. Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Suleiman Kova, said during preliminary interrogations, the suspects confessed that they did not have any permit and that they entered the country illegally.

According to the zonal police chief, preliminary investigations had established that the suspects were under the patronage of one person identified as Zabibu Umwiza (25), who is believed to be a Burundi national, who was also suspected to be involved in illegal trade of human trafficking abroad from Africa for 1,000 US dollars per person.

In the same vein, it was reported in May, this year that there were a total of 250 Ethiopians in various prisons in the country, according to the  Ministry of Home Affairs.

There are 68 in Kilimanjaro, 34 in Lindi, 70 in Tanga, 22 in Mbeya, 39 in Morogoro, one in Mwanza and 12 in Mara.  Deputy Minister was responding to a question from Amina Clement (Koani-CCM), who sought to know how many Ethiopian illegal immigrants have been arrested and where they are being held.

She also asked to know steps taken after the illegal immigrants have completed serving their sentences. Former Deputy Minister Pereira Silima said so far 96 illegal immigrants have completed their sentences out of whom 91 are Ethiopians waiting for procedures to be complete before they can be deported back to their country.

He said previously the government would work with Kenyan government through the immigration department, to deport Ethiopians through Kenya by road but due to security fears this is not possible.