The Lusaka Regional Immigration Office has secured the conviction of a 50-year-old Burundian transporter, Amani Ntahomvukiye, for 27 counts of human smuggling.
Department of Immigration Public Relations Officer, Namati Nshinka, said Amani was apprehended on January 12, 2023 in Chirundu, following a tip-off from a concerned member of the public after being found in a house in the company of 27 Burundian nationals, who illegally entered the country through Zombe Border.
Nshinka in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday said Amani was subsequently charged with 27 counts of human smuggling for facilitating the illegal entry of the Burundians on January 9 to January 10, 2023.
He said investigations established that the victims of smuggling each paid Amani Ntahomvukiye about US$500 to take them to South Africa.
“On April 21, 2023, the Lusaka Magistrate Court convicted him on all 27 counts and committed him to the High Court for sentencing”
“Arrangements to repatriate the victims have reached an advanced stage,” Nshinka said.
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Similarly, Mr. Nshinka said the Mongu Regional Immigration Office on April 21, 2023 secured the conviction of a 60-year-old Angolan Peasant Farmer, Bartomeu Kanjamba, for failure to appear before the nearest Immigration Officer and unlawful stay.
“Particulars of the offences are that Bartomeu Kanjamba, on dates unknown but between 2000 and April 12, 2023 in Sefula in Mongu District, entered Zambia without appearing before the nearest Immigration Officer, and during the period in question, stayed in Zambia without having any valid documentation,” he said.
Nshinka said Kanjamba was apprehended by Police Officers based at Sefula Police Post at around 17:00 hours on 12th April 2023 at the request of the Mongu Regional Immigration Office.
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