More than 30 Ethiopian Immigrants Arrested in Zambia


Security officers in Luangwa District, located in Lusaka Province of Zambia, have intercepted 34 Ethiopian prohibited immigrants who were trying to use the Luangwa border to cross the Zambezi River into Zimbabwe en-route to South Africa.

Luangwa Police Officer In-Charge, Assistant Superintendent, Mataa Muleta and Immigration officers confirmed the interception of the Ethiopian nationals.

Mr Mulata said the immigrants entered Zambia through Nakonde border post from Tanzania and disembarked from the vehicle they were traveling in at Luangwa Bridge market in Rufunsa District as they were trying to avoid a police checkpoint.

Alert security wings apprehended the immigrants members of the public reported them to the police.

He further said one of the 34 was badly beaten by community members after they suspected him of being a ritual killer and is nursing wounds at Katondwe mission hospital.

Mr Mulata said the 33 are in police custody.

Last month 16 prohibited Ethiopian Immigrants who were travelling in a Toyota Haice mini bus driven by two Zambian nationals were also intercepted along the Luangwa District main road and appeared before the Luangwa Magistrate Court where they were fined K1000 each or six months imprisonment in default.