19 convicted, one arrested for illegal immigration offences


Nineteen individuals have been convicted and one person arrested for illegal immigration offences, according to Namati Nshinka, Public Relations Officer for the Department of Immigration.

Pascal Chama, a 25-year-old Zambian from Chief Mibenge’s Chitambala Village, was convicted by the Samfya Magistrate Court for aiding 51-year-old undocumented Congolese national Yumba Kyabutakou.

Chama was sentenced to pay a fine of K80,000 or serve twelve months in simple imprisonment.

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He assisted Kyabutakou in selling a motorbike and conducting traditional healing practices by offering interpretation services.

The court also convicted Kyabutakou, sentencing him to a fine of K15,000 or twelve months in simple imprisonment for conducting business without a permit. Additionally, 44-year-old Friday Bwalya was arrested and charged with harboring Kyabutakou.

Bwalya’s case will continue on July 15, 2024, and the motorbike was forfeited to the state.

On June 28, 2024, a 47-year-old Russian named Aleksandr Mazurov was convicted in Luanshya for staying in Zambia unlawfully for over three years.

He was fined K25,000 or nine months in simple imprisonment. Mazurov had previously held an Employment Permit, which expired in May 2018, and an application for a Spouse Permit was rejected in June 2021.

He has since paid the court fine and will soon be deported from the country.

Additionally, sixteen illegal immigrants from Kafue were convicted for various immigration offences. Among them were five Zimbabweans, two Tanzanians, one Congolese, and one Ugandan, all fined between K4,000 and K5,000 or sentenced to seven months in simple imprisonment.

Four Burundians and one Zimbabwean were convicted for illegal entry and unlawful stay, each fined K11,000 or six months in simple imprisonment.

Two other Burundians were fined K4,000 or seven months in simple imprisonment for unlawful stay.

These convictions bring the total number of convictions secured by the Department of Immigration between June 28 and July 4, 2024, to 47.

During this period, the Department apprehended 204 individuals for various immigration offences, removed 75 illegal immigrants from the country, and refused entry to four individuals for failing to meet entry requirements.

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