Tanzanian national, three Zambians arrested for aiding prohibited immigrants


Police in Kapiri-Mposhi District have arrested a Tanzanian national and three Zambians for conveying and aiding prohibited immigrants.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Danny Mwale, confirmed the arrests in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday.

Mwale reported that the arrests occurred at the Nkumbi Checkpoint in Kapiri-Mposhi, where officers, acting on a tip-off from concerned members of the public, intercepted a Scania tanker truck with registration numbers T711 DMV and T214.

The truck was driven by Ramadan Ayoub, 32, from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and belongs to World Oil Limited Company based in Tanzania.

Upon searching the tanker truck, officers discovered four males, believed to be Ethiopians, concealed on a bed inside the vehicle.

The truck driver, Ayoub, disclosed that an accomplice was waiting for the illegal immigrants in Kapiri-Mposhi town.

Following this lead, officers arrested Moses Mfula, 42, from Soweto compound in Kapiri-Mposhi District.

Mfula cooperated with the police and directed them to two other individuals en route from Lusaka to collect the illegal immigrants.

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Subsequently, a Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number ALG 9063 arrived near the tanker truck.

The two occupants, identified as Charles Mwanza, 43, and Taonga Mukwakwa, 32, from Lusaka’s Chawama compound and Matero township respectively, were arrested after engaging with the truck driver.

All suspects are currently detained in police custody in Kapiri-Mposhi, while the four illegal immigrants are held in Mkushi District.

Mwale noted that the events transpired between 18:00 and 23:30 hours on June 30, 2024, in Kapiri-Mposhi and Mkushi Districts.

Investigations are ongoing, with police coordinating with the Department of Immigration.

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