Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police on Friday
interrogated 132 Ethiopian nationals after arresting them in a
security operation at a residential estate in Nairobi.
Area police commander Joseph Gichangi
said the illegal immigrants had sneaked into the country from
Moyale by road and were in the process of being smuggled to
“The 132 suspects were arrested on
Friday afternoon in a residential house in Mihango. We don’t
know how they passed many police roadblocks without being
detected,” Gichangi told journalists in Nairobi.
He said during the sting operation,
the security officers arrested two Kenyan nationals profiled as
transporters in the illegal human trafficking trade.
A similar operation carried out on
Oct. 6 in Mihango led to the arrest of another 67 Ethiopian
Police and immigration officials have
decried increased cases in which Ethiopian nationals are nabbed
in the country while on transit to Tanzania or South Africa.
Police face difficulties in dealing
with the illegal immigrants as they can not speak in Swahili and
On several occasion the immigrants
were found locked up in congested rooms in Kenyan towns and
cities but the trade continues to thrive even as many were
The Kenyan authorities have blamed the
vastness of the region for the runaway influx of foreigners into
Kenya through Moyale on Kenya-Ethiopia borders.