A twenty-five -year-old man has been convicted by the Isoka Magistrate Court for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
King Siwakwi of Nakonde was apprehended by a team of Immigration and Police Officers on January, 26, 2023 at Sansamwenji, near the Nakonde Border after investigations pointed to his involvement in aiding and abetting four Ethiopians and two Kenyans of Somalian origin.
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The joint investigations into the matter began on January 25, 2023 when the driver of Truck and Trailer registration number BCC 3459 and BCC 3481, respectively, Brian Mwansa Mulenga of Kapiri Mposhi was intercepted at the Mwaiseni Police Checkpoint by Police for carrying two undocumented Kenyans of Somalian origin.
Upon interviewing the driver, it was established that had been hired by Siwakwi to transport the Kenyans to Lusaka.
It was further discovered that Siwakwi had in his custody in Nakonde four undocumented Ethiopians.
On the Officer’s instructions the driver informed Siwakwi that they had a break down at Sansamwenje area at which point he arranged for Kennedy Katongo of Nakonde to pick the two Kenyans.
Upon arriving at the agreed location, Katongo was nabbed.
On January 28, 2023, the Officers compelled the truck driver to persuade Siwakwi that it was safe to load the remaining four Ethiopians and agreed that they should meet at Sansamwenji for the exchange.
He hired two bikers to ferry the four Ethiopians while he was on a separate bike until they reached the agreed place only to be arrested by the Officers who lay in wait.
Emmanuel Sinkamba 46, one of the bikers and the four Ethiopians were also nabbed while the other biker escaped.
Siwakwi appeared before the Isoka Magistrate Court on March 17, 2023 where he was sentenced to pay a fine of K 60,000 or in default nine months simple imprisonment.
Contributed by Julius Phiri
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