The Kapiri Mposhi Immigration Office has apprehended Thirty-Nine (39) persons for illegal entry.
Immigration Public relations officer Namati H. Nshinka said the people were all apprehended at Mutonyo Village in the Mpula area, 33 Kilometres from Kapiri Mposhi Town, following a tip-off from members of the public.
“A combined team of Immigration and Police Officers rushed to the scene on 1st October 2022 where they managed to apprehend fifteen (15). Meanwhile, the rest of the suspects, whose exact number is unknown, managed to escape, but as Officers continued their search they managed to apprehend Twenty-Three (23) more on Sunday, 2nd October 2022, and another in the early hours of Monday, 3rd October 2022, bringing the total number to Thirty-Nine (39),” he said.
Mr. Nshinka said of the Thirty-Nine (39) apprehended Thirty-Four (34) were Ethiopians and Five (5) Somalis and investigations have suggested that they were either abandoned by smuggling or trafficking brokers or were in the process of being transferred to another broker for their onward transportation to South Africa.
The immigrants are all detained at Kapiri Mposhi Police Station pending prosecution.