136 foreign nationals arrested

By Staff Reporter

The Department of Immigration over the weekend apprehended a total of 136 foreign nationals for various immigration offences.

This was in a clean-up operation conducted in various parts of Lusaka that included COMESA market, town centre, Kabwata and Chilenje markets, Kamwala trading area and Chaisa compound.

This is in a statement released to the media by the Department of Immigration acting Public Relations Officer, Mubanda Chileshe.

“the apprehended foreigners included sixty-seven (67) Tanzanians, twenty-one (21) Somalians, ten (10) Chinese and nine Burundese. Others include six (6) Congolese, four (4) Lebanese, three (3) Indians, three (3) Kenyans, two (2) Zimbabweans, two (2) Nigerians and a Turkish national including nine (9) Zambians who were apprehended for aiding the Illegal immigrants,” said Chileshe

She has since warned all immigrants to desist from staying in the country illegally in line with provisions of the Immigration and Deportation Act No. 18 of 2010.

“A timely warning is also extended to all Zambians who are in the habit of aiding illegal immigrants for their own benefits as the law will ensure lawbreakers, regardless of nationality, are brought to book,” she warned.