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Kenyan police probe 29 illegal Ethiopian immigrants   

NAIROBI  (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police on Thursday interrogated 29 Ethiopians after being arrested in a security operation at Ruaraka’s residential estate in Nairobi.

Kasarani divisional police commander Robinson Mboloi said the foreigners who were found being transported in a truck in Ruaraka area were to get shelter in the area before leaving for South Africa where they were promised jobs.

“The Ethiopians are under interrogation to know more about their movements. They don’t have documents to warrant their being here,” Mboloi said. The Wednesday’s night arrest is the latest in a series to be busted by police.

Police and immigration officials have decried increased cases in which Ethiopians are nabbed in the country while on transit to either Tanzania or South Africa.

Police face difficulties in dealing with them because they cannot speak in Swahili and English.

On several occasions, Ethiopian illegal immigrants have been discovered locked up in congested rooms in Kenyan towns and cities but the trade continues to thrive even as many were repatriated.

The Kenyan authorities have blamed the vastness of the region for the runaway of the 29 foreigners into Kenya through Moyale on Kenya-Ethiopia borders

Mboloi said the driver of the lorry was also arrested in the operation. It is not clear when they left the Moyale border and how they managed to evade many roadblocks on the way.



Ethiopia repatriates 47 illegal migrants from Mozambique

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Forty-seven Ethiopians that had been imprisoned in Mozambique for illegal entry arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.

Seven other Ethiopians are also expected to arrive later on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The 54 men were en route to South Africa with the help of traffickers before they were detained in Mozambique for illegal entry, the ministry said.

The 54 individuals, who were released after a series of discussions between the Ethiopian embassy in South Africa and the government of Mozambique, are repatriated in partnership between the International Organization for Migration and the Ethiopian government, the statement said.

The ministry had previously announced the repatriation of close to 150 Ethiopians in another southern African country, Zambia.

Despite a growing economy and public awareness campaigns on the dangers of human trafficking by the Ethiopian government, it is estimated that thousands of Ethiopians are trafficked to South Africa annually, where they are mainly engaged in the informal economy.

Ethiopia is also coordinating the repatriation of its nationals from Libya, where they are subjected to various challenges that include slavery.

Twenty-one Ethiopians have recently arrived to Addis Ababa as part of the first round of the Ethiopian government’s effort to repatriate its citizens from the north African country.


Malawi says intercepts 55 illegal Ethiopean immigrants

LILONGWE (Xinhua) -- Malawi’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services intercepted and arrested 55 Ethiopian nationals early Friday, who had attempted to enter the country illegally, authorities said.

Public relations officer for the country’s Immigration Department, Joseph Chauwa, said the illegal immigrants are believed to have come from Malawi’s neighboring Tanzania and had attempted to enter through the country’s lake shore district of Nkhata Bay in northern Malawi.

Four Malawian nationals who are suspected to have aided the Ethiopians’ illegal entry were also arrested, Chauwa said.

According to Chauwa, one of the arrested Malawian national said the illegal immigrants were heading for Dzaleka refugee camp, in Malawi’s central region district of Dezda, from where they were later to proceed to South Africa.



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