Two police officers jailed two years for aiding illegal immigrants

By Staff Reporter

TWO police officers have been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour after being convicted for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants, contrary to Section 46(1) (a) of the Immigration and Deportation Act number 18 of the Laws of Zambia.

Immigration Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka confirmed in a media statement that immigration officers in Mbala on March 15, 2018, arrested Madonia Chikumbi 36, a police officer of Sikanze Police Camp in Lusaka, Kafwa Kabwe 38, also a police officer and resident of Lusaka’s Chilenje, and Hilary Hamweene 27, a businessman of Garden House, when they did aid and abet 20 illegal immigrants of Ethiopian nationality to be transported from Nakonde border to Mbala district.

He said that the trio was jointly charged with the offence of aiding and abetting and remanded into custody.

“they were sentenced at the Mbala Magistrates Court on 3rd September, 2018 to two years imprisonment with hard labour, without an option of a fine. The 20 Ethiopians whom they aided were earlier deported after paying court fines, having been convicted for unlawful entry into Zambia,” said Nshinka.

Meanwhile, Nshinka said 11 Congolese nationals among them, seven minors, aged between 8 months and 15 years, were intercepted in Katima Mulilo, in a suspected case of human trafficking.

“The foreigners, together with a Zambian male, were intercepted by police in the early hours of yesterday around Nakatindi village in Sesheke district and were handed to immigration officers. Investigations in the matter have been instituted,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration between 31st August, 2018 and 3rd September, 2018 arrested a total of 24 persons for various immigration offences countrywide.