ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Immigration officers in western Tanzania on
Monday announced to have arrested more than 1,000
foreigners from different countries for unlawfully living
and working in the east African nation.
Kitinusa, Kigoma Regional Immigration Officer, said
illegal immigrants were arrested from April to July this
year in Uvinza District and Kigoma/Ujiji Municipality as
they participated in agricultural activities as labourers.
these illegal immigrants, some of whom were employed by
Tanzanians, were mainly from Burundi and the the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
He said the
Tanzanians’ offense lies in providing the illegal
immigrants with homes and employing them as labourers on
their farms which is against immigration laws.
He said five
Burundian citizens have appeared in court and 20
Burundians are still under investigation and once the
investigation is completed they will appear in court. He
added that there are 55 Burundians still being
investigated after claiming that they are Tanzanians.
immigration officer has urged citizens to stop the
practice of keeping illegal immigrants in their homes and
that whoever will be found doing so legal action will be
taken against them, including prosecution.
the main gateway for illegal immigrants particularly for
those who are on the way to South Africa to seek greener