Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania
has announced new measures to combat human trafficking
in the east African nation.
Hamad Yusuf Masauni,
Tanzania’s home affairs deputy minister, said on Sunday
here that the country has been a source, transit, and
destination country for human trafficking.
"That’s why we’ve come up with new measures that will
involve all security agencies and the public and the
main target in the program will perpetrators of the
barbaric business," he said, warning traffickers that
their days are numbered as the Tanzanian government will
squarely deal with them.
According to Masauni, immigration officers whose
points serve as pathways of the aliens will not be
He maintained that the perpetrators of human
smuggling into borders will not only be arrested but the
government will also confiscate and nationalize their
Speaking during his tour of the immigration
department at the Tanzania-Kenya border in Namanga, the
Tanzanian minister warned the perpetrators to shun the
vice lest they get busted by the government.
"The state will confiscate such vehicles and the
officers will be held responsible for such failures," he
He said the government was not satisfied with the
efforts of the immigration officers at Namanga border,
as there were many aliens still finding their entry into
the country through the border point.
"Some of these aliens collude with Tanzanians in
looking for routes to enter the country," he said.
The deputy minister called for routine checks at the
border point and on vehicle passing through the border
to arrest perpetrators of the vice.
Daniel Chongolo, Longido District Commissioner,
admitted that the area was prone to irregular immigrants
as its geographical location that extends to the
In recent years, Tanzania has witnessed an increasing
flow of irregular migrants from the horn of Africa,
especially Ethiopia and Somalia, who have been fleeing
drought, economic deprivation, unemployment and
conflicts to look for a better life outside their own
Tanzania has also become a transit corridor to
Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia en route to South Africa