Court convicts 6 persons for aiding illegal immigrants, unlawful stay


Six individuals have been sentenced for various offenses related to aiding undocumented immigrants and unlawful stays.

According to Immigration Office, Kasama Magistrate Court convicted a 25-year-old businessman, Honest Marebesa, of Lusaka’s Chalala area for assisting and supporting 12 Ethiopian individuals without proper legal documentation.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday, Immigrations Public Relations Officer, Namati Nshinka, said the undocumented Ethiopians were discovered in the bushes in Nkole Mfumu area after being abandoned.

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The court fined Marebesa a K60,000 or nine months simple imprisonment.

“The cases of the other two are still before court,” Nshinka pointed out.

Furthermore, the Luanshya Magistrate Court convicted a 33-year-old Ugandan refugee, Christopher Kimuli, for being found at a place other than a refugee settlement and for unlawful stay.

“On the count of being found at a place other than a refugee settlement, he was sentenced to pay a fine of K18,500 or nine months simple imprisonment, while for unlawful stay, he was fined K 12,000 or nine months simple imprisonment,” Nshinka said.

Additionally, Chingola Magistrate Court sentenced two Chinese technicians, Kaiwen Huang, 37, of Polyin Alliance Investment and Qingshan Ke, 42, of Xing Investment for unlawful stay.

“The duo were nabbed on March 20, 2024 during a routine operation,” Nshinka added.

He said Huang’s temporary employment permit expired while Ke’s application for an employment permit was rejected.

“No March 21, 2024, the Chingola Magistrate Court convicted and sentenced them to pay a fine of K 12,000 each or, in default, nine months of simple imprisonment,” he stated.

Similarly, on March 21, 2024, Mufulira Magistrate Court sentenced two Congolese nationals for illegal entry into the country.

Nshinku said the duo were each sentenced to twelve months simple imprisonment.

“The Kasama, Luanshya, Chingola, and Mufulira Court outcomes brought the number of convictions secured by the Department of Immigration between 21 and 26 March 2024 to 69,” he said.

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