Immigration Department apprehends 95 persons in clean up operation in Lusaka


The Department of Immigration says it has apprehended 95 persons in a clean-up operation in various parts of Lusaka.

Department Public Relations Officer, Namati Nshinka, said of the 95 apprehended on November 10, 2023; 29, including Zambians, were released unconditionally.

Nshinka in a statement issued in Lusaka on Saturday said that this was after producing proof of legal immigration status after preliminary screening.

“66 suspects, including 23 claiming to be refugees, had been detained pending further screening and possible prosecution,” he said.

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Nshinka said those claiming refugee status were 11 Congolese, six Burundians, five Somalis, and one Rwandese.

“The remaining suspects in detention are 32 Burundians, five Rwandese, three Tanzanians, one Malawian, one Mozambican, and one Zimbabwean,” he said

Nshinka added that the operation aims to rid Lusaka of illegal immigrants.

“The Department wishes to warn foreign nationals intending to visit Zambia to do so within the provisions of the Immigration and Deportation Act and those in the country to ensure they comply with the terms and conditions of their permission to stay,” he said.

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