The Immigration Department has warned that it would not allow any Zambian to travel outside the country using old passports after February next year.
Immigration Department Public Relations Officer, Mulako Mbangweta said Zambians should now start obtaining new passports, stressing that the department would not be lenient on anyone attempting to use the old passport copy.
Ms. Mbagweta told ZANIS in Lusaka today that her department would ensure that old passport copies were replaced with the new electronic copies which government introduced this year.
And the Immigration Department has arrested two British nationals for abrogating the immigration and deportation act.
Ms. Mbagweta identified the duo as Rodgers Maximillian 52, and Morgan Stanley 55, an engineer by profession and former Lumwana Mine employee all of British origin.
She explained that, Maximillian was arrested for overstaying in the country while Stanley was arrested for giving false information to an immigration officer in order to obtain a temporary permit.
Ms. Mbangweta added that Stanley tried to obtain a temporary permit by purporting that he was doing business with a certain named company in Zambia when in fact not.
Stanley is currently detained at Kansenshi Police Station in Ndola and would appear in court tomorrow.
Maximillian appeared in court this morning but he is scheduled to re-appear in court for facts on 2nd January, 2009.
Ms. Mbangweta has also disclosed that the department last week arrested 18 Zimbabwean nationals in Livingstone for illegally entering and staying in the country.
The Zimbabweans have since been removed from Zambia to their country of origin.
In a related development, two Malian nationals, who overstayed in Zambia, were yesterday removed from Zambia to their country of origin.
She said the Malian Association in Zambia managed to secure the duo air tickets to their country of origin.
Ms. Mbagweta has since appealed to embassies, high commissions and associations in Zambia to ensure that they contacted the immigration in order to exonerate their nationals who were currently detained to facilitate their transport to their countries of origin.