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Rukwa reports over 20 illegal immigrants

Rukwa reports over 20 illegal immigrants

Rukwa Regional Immigration Officer (RIO), Mr Wilson Bambanganya told  reporters  here  on Wednesday that 14  illegal  immigrants  among  them four  children from  neighbouring  DRC  were  apprehended  on April 15, at Mpanda  town  at  around  8.00 pm.

The RIO said that  preliminary investigations  showed   that  the immigrants   hailed  from South Kivu  in  Uvira  but  entered  and  lived  in  Mpanda  town   via  Kasulu  town in  Kigoma  Region. "When  interrogated  by  immigration   officials,  the  illegal  immigrants  confessed    to  have   entered   and  stayed  in the  country  without  legal  documents. They also revealed that they  were  on  transit  to  South  Africa  via  neighbouring Malawi, in search of 'greener pastures,' noted the RIO.

Mr  Bambanganya  said  the   alleged  illegal  immigrants  were  first slapped  with a PI  notice  and  later  transported  and  handed   over  to  the   DRC   Consulate  based  in  Kigoma.In  another  incident, 10  illegal  immigrants  were  caught   in  Sumbawanga  town  as they were  checking in  at  Ufipa  Guest  House  at Old Sumbawanga  area.

According  to Mr Bambanganya,  seven  of them were Burundians  while  the rest  were  Rwandans.   "When  interrogated  the immigrants admitted  that  they  were  on   the way  to  neighbouring  Zambia. "All  were  given  PI  and  then  transported  to  Manyovu  town  bordering  Kigoma  and   neighbouring  Burundi," he added.

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