The Ethiopians were arrested after immigration officers trailed a vehicle that was carrying 10 of them to a safe house on the outskirts of Lusaka, the country’s capital, after a tip-off from concerned Zambians.

Livestock thieves arrested
The officers were led to the house where 67 other Ethiopians were discovered hidden.

Namati Nshinka, Immigration Department Public Relations Officer said of the 77 Ethiopians, 19 had valid Ethiopian passports which did not have any entry endorsements for Zambia while the rest did not have any documentation at the time of the arrests.

The Ethiopians are currently detained and will appear in court soon, he added.

Zambia has intensified patrols to rid the country of prohibited immigrants who mostly using the country as a transit route to other countries in the southern African region.

Last week, a court in central Zambia’s Serenje town convicted 28 foreigners for illegal entry into the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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