By Malawo Malawo
THE Immigrations Department has arrested an Indian national in for allegedly facilitating unlawful stay in Zambia of 41 Indians.
According to a press statement issued by Immigrations Department public relations officer Namati Nshinka, Charles Matthew Makaliki 41, a manager of Lusaka’s Capitol Hotel and resident of house number B4/45/4 Kalingalinga, Lusaka was arrested on Wednesday at Woodlands Police Station where he had presented himself upon learning that he was being sought after by Immigration officials.
He stated that the Department on February 19 apprehended 39 Indians at Capitol Hotel, off Mumbwa road, in Lusaka and later arrested two others.
“Some of those arrested had forged employment permits in their possession whilst others either did not have any documentation or had over-stayed. Investigations into this matter are ongoing,” Nshinka stated.
And Nshinka stated that the Immigrations Department has this month arrested 20 people for various immigration offences.
“Among them include four Malawians in Chipata, four Malawians in Lusuntha, one Rwandese in Lusaka and one Congolese in Luanshya, all arrested for unlawful stay,” Nshinka announced.
He said those arrested for unlawful entry were three Congolese in Kasumbalesa and a Somali in Nakonde.
“Others were five Rwandese refugees in Solwezi, arrested for being found outside a refugee camp without authority and trading without permits and one Indian in Lusaka for aiding and abetting,” Nshinka stated.
“During this period, the Department also removed 11 illegal immigrants from the country. These include five Burundians in Livingstone, two Chinese in Solwezi, two Malawians in Nyimba, one Tanzanian in Mazabuka and one South African in Lusaka.”
Meanwhile, Nshinka stated that a Kenyan was convicted and fined K 4,000 or in default nine months simple imprisonment for unlawful stay.
“Similarly, in Lusaka three Egyptian nationals were convicted and each sentenced to pay a fine of K 1, 500 for a similar offence. Further, in Kafue, one Burundian was also convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of K1, 500 or in default six months simple imprisonment for the offence of unlawful stay,” stated Nshinka.