Immigration deport Ugandan herbalist, removes 38 others

THE Immigration department has deported Ugandan herbalist Siraje Kasamba Lubega, 30, also known as Don Bahati and removed 38 others out of Zambia.

Immigration department public relations officer Namati Nshinka stated that the department between Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 18, deported two foreigners, among them Lubega.

He stated that Lubega was deported on Saturday, March 17, on account of his bad character.

“Mr Lubega was on 4th March 2018 apprehended together with forty other Ugandan herbalists as he addressed an illegal meeting at Precious Moments Lodge in Lusaka’s Kamwala South. He is believed to be behind the mushrooming number of bogus Ugandan herbalists who have been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public who are desperate for mystical help,” Nshinka explained.

He added that Lubega’s stay in Zambia was marred by controversies, including scams where he portrayed himself on various platforms including social media, as a wealthy man who owned various properties, including construction companies in Zambia and South Africa and expensive automobiles, when in fact not.

“He used fake profiles to appear credible to the many unsuspecting members of the public he defrauded. Mr Lubega was in February 2018 arrested and prosecuted for the offence of abrogating the conditions stipulated in his Spouse Permit and was subsequently convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of K5,000, in default six months simple imprisonment, prompting the Department to begin the process of revoking the Spouse Permit,” Nshinka said.

He further said the 40 other herbalists remain detained, some pending prosecution and others deportation or removal.

Nshinka said one Somali, in Lusaka, was also deported.

“Among those removed include six Tanzanians and six Burundians in Serenje; five Congolese in Ndola; four Ugandans in Livingstone; four Congolese in Mokambo; three Congolese in Solwezi; three Cambodians in Kitwe; two Congolese in Lusaka; two Burundians in Choma; two Malawians in Chipata; and one Rwandese in Kabwe,” said Nshinka.

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