And a team of Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), immigration and police officers yesterday raided Lusaka’s Marapodi township and arrested 35 suspected illegal immigrants.
This comes barely a week after 48 other Ethiopians were arrested in Kapiri Mposhi for unlawful entry into Zambia after they were found in a containerised truck.
The suspected prohibited immigrants were arrested on Saturday after ZRA officers discovered them hidden in a Tanzanian containerised Scania truck registration number T462 AHY around 17:30 hours.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by Immigration Department public relations officer Namati Nshinka.
Mr Nshinka said the driver of the truck, a Tanzanian, managed to escape.
“The truck belongs to Haluwenge Transport Limited of Tanzania. They are scheduled to be moved to Kabwe for further investigations on Sunday [yesterday],” Mr Nshinka said.
Meanwhile, the Kabwe Magistrate’s Court has convicted 48 Ethiopians who were last Monday intercepted in a Tanzanian containerised Scania truck registration number T977 BFT for unlawful presence.
The 48 were fined K1, 000 each or in default 12 months simple imprisonment.
Mr Nshinka said the driver of the truck is yet to appear in court.
And Ministry of Home Affairs public relations officer Moses Suwali said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that 35 illegal immigrants were arrested at Global Impact Ministries in Marapodi township.
Mr Suwali said the team swung into action after receiving information from the members of public that the church was allegedly harbouring illegal immigrants.
He said the 35 illegal immigrants were yesterday afternoon screened and that those found wanting will be prosecuted for entering Zambia without formalising procedures under the Immigration Act.