46 foreigners arrested for various immigration offences

Mr Namati H. Nshinka, the Immigration Department's Public Relations Officer
Mr Namati H. Nshinka, the Immigration Department's Public Relations Officer

The Department of Immigration has apprehended 46 foreign nationals for committing various immigration offences countrywide.

The suspects were apprehended between 12th and 17th February 2021. They include 15 Ethiopians, 10 Tanzanians, nine Zimbabweans, six Congolese, three Burundians, one American, one Malawian and one Mozambican.

In a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Department of Immigration Public Relations Officer, Namati Nshinka explained that officers in Luangwa also apprehended 33 male Ethiopian nationals for illegal entry.

Mr. Nshinka said the group of Ethiopians aged between 16 and 29 was nabbed on 16th February 2021, in Chitope village, 45 kilometres from Feira (Luangwa) boma.

He noted that the group was nabbed during an operation conducted by Immigration officers and officers from other security wings following a tip-off from alert members of the community.

He added that the Ethiopians failed to produce documentation legalizing their entry into Zambia and have since been transferred to Lusaka pending court appearance.

In another development, Mr. Nshinka disclosed that the Lusaka Regional Immigration Office has secured the conviction of two Congolese nationals, Banza Ngoie 53 and Fabrice Tshimba Doko 31, for being found in possession of a forged immigration stamp and aiding and abetting illegal immigrants respectively.

He stated that particulars of the offence are that Banza Ngoie, the now convict, on dates unknown but between 1st and 3rd February, 2021 in Lusaka, did forge an entry endorsement stamp for Nakonde border control which he endorsed in a Burundian passport number OP0221555 belonging to Niyounkuru Mediatrice without lawful authority.

In the case of aiding and abetting illegal immigrants in which male Fabrice Doko a Congolese national was jointly charged with female Regina Ndayashimiye 33, a Rwandese national, particulars are that the duo aided and abetted the stay of an illegal immigrant named Niyounkuru Mediatrice without lawful authority.

Mr. Nshinka added that particulars of the offence are that the duo on 1st February, 2021 did aid and abet the stay of an illegal immigrant by the name of Niyounkuru Mediatrice without lawful authority.

Both Banza Ngoie and Fabrice Doko appeared before the magistrate court in Lusaka on 16th February 2021.

Mr. Nshinka said Ngoie was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour, without the option of a fine while Doko was sentenced to pay a fine of K15, 000 or in default nine months simple imprisonment, while Ndayashimiye denied the charge and her case will be subjected to trial.

In another court development, the Department of Immigration between 12th and 17th February, 2021, secured 35 convictions for various immigration offences with the convicts receiving sentences ranging from fines of K200 to K12, 000 or in default to serve 24 days to nine months simple imprisonment.

He explained that the convicts included 12 Congolese, nine Tanzanians, four Malawians, four Zimbabweans and two Burundians. Others were two Namibians, one Rwandese and one Senegalese.

He pointed out that during the same period, the department also removed 78 illegal immigrants from the country, including 18 Congolese, 15 Malawians, 11 Ethiopians, 11 Kenyans and 11 Zimbabweans. Others were five Tanzanians, four Burundians, one Chinese, one Egyptian and one Senegalese.

Mr. Nshinka has since encouraged members of the public with information of an individual, business, or employer who may be aiding and abetting illegal immigrants to contact the Department of Immigration


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  3. Why sre there no indians and Chinese on that list ?

    It is because Indians and Chinese are able yo bribe immigration and are silently taking over the country…..

    These immigration are in the pockets of indians and Chinese and only pick on broke fellow Africans ……….

    I know of many especially indians who can not even speak English yet have Zambian passports..,

  4. We’ve been too lenient for too long, these foreigners need to understand that we also need to enjoy our wealth with our children, our country has been turned into a free for all place, its so sad, they are everywhere carrying NRCs obtained fraudulently and they are even getting better opportunities than the indigenous through some corrupt officials. We need to wake up, in other countries I’ve been to they are so strict with foreigners not chipantepante. I think we should choose who should come in coz some of them are just sucking us and not contributing to society. We need space.

  5. There’s rampant ‘Hidden Predators’ of sexual abuse and exploitation of small boys by Mwenye’s ‘Indians’ at Lusaka’s Kamwala shopping area, they keep small boys in their shops under the pretence of converting them to Islam religion but doing god knows what with them. Everyone is always focused on young girls yet no one seems to care about how young boys are also abused.

  6. Are we sure there are no Lebanese residing and/ or conducting businesses illegally? I am surprised that there is no Labenese and Pakistani among the arrested because the former are in large numbers and are quite uncouth in their behaviour! We need rid ourselves of them. Please tell us also how we are faring as a country on the number of our citizens being found with various offences in foreign countries!

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