Security officers in Luangwa District have again intercepted 34 prohibited immigrants who were trying to use the Luangwa border to cross to South Africa.
Luangwa Police Officer In-Charge, Assistant Superintendent, Mataa Muleta and Immigration officers confirmed the interception of the 34 male Ethiopian immigrates who were suspected to cross the Zambezi river into Zimbabwe in route to South Africa.
Assistant Superintendent Mulata and the Immigration officers said the 34 Ethiopian Nationals 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 which is mounted there.
They said the 34 immigrants who were arrested over the weekend were spotted by the alert community members who reported to the police and that when they realized that they been reported they went in different directions but where apprehended along the D145 Luangwa main road.
Assistant Superintendent Mulata 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.
He said the 33 were currently in police custody awaiting further instructions from Headquarters and efforts to get a comment from the Police and Immigration Spokespersons proved futile as their phones went unanswered.
Meanwhile Acting Luangwa District Commissioner, Jairos Simukoko also confirmed the arrest of the 34 prohibited immigrates and expressed that this should be a serious syndicate as this is the second time that another group of prohibited immigrants have been incepted by the Security wings.
Mr Simukoko said the first group comprising 16 Ethiopian Nationals was intercepted at Maozeka Council checkpoint by alert security wings last month in April and now it is the 34 who have again been intercepted.
He however commended the security wings and urged them to continue with their alertness so that human trafficking is reduced in the area.
Last month in April 16 prohibited Ethiopian Immigrants who were traveling in a Toyota Haice mini bus driven by two Zambian nationals were intercepted along the Luangwa D145 main road and appeared before the Luangwa Magistrate Court were they were fined K1000 each or six months imprisonment in default.