TWO police officers and a businessman in Lusaka have been sentenced to two years for aiding 20 illegal immigrants enter the country.
Immigration Department public relations officer Namati Nshinka said the trio was sentenced in the Mbala Magistrates’ Court on Monday after being convicted of knowingly aiding and abetting illegal immigrants, contrary to section 46(1) (a) of the immigration and deportation Act.
“Immigration officers in Mbala on 15th March 2018, arrested Madonia Chikumbi, 36, a police officer of Sikanze Police Camp in Lusaka, Kafwa Kabwe, 38, also a police officer and resident of Lusaka’s Chilenje, and Hilary Hamweene, 27, a businessman, when they did aid and abet 20 illegal immigrants of Ethiopian nationality to be transported from Nakonde border to Mbala district,” Nshinka said.
He said the 20 Ethiopians were deported after paying court fines, having been convicted for unlawful entry into Zambia.
Nshinka said the conviction of the three Zambians should send a serious warning to citizens to avoid aiding and abetting illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, Nshinka said 11 Congolese, among them, seven minors aged between eight months and 15 years, were intercepted in Katima Mulilo on Tuesday in a suspected case of human trafficking.
“The foreigners, together with a Zambian male, were intercepted by police in the early hours of Tuesday, 4th September 2018 around Nakatindi Village in Sesheke district and were handed to Immigration. Investigations in the matter have been instituted,” said Nshinka, adding that the Department had arrested 24 people for various immigration offences countrywide between August 31 and September 3.