THE Immigration Department has deported 26 foreigners, among them 16 Ethiopians, in an effort to rid the country of illegal immigrants.
Immigration public relations officer Mubanda Chileshe said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that five Tanzanians as well as a Ugandan, a Somali, a Rwandese, and a Burundian were removed from Lusaka last weekend.
Others removed were six Congolese that had stayed in the country illegally.
Further the Immigration also detained an Indian for contravening the Immigration Act by working for a different company other than the one indicated on his permit.
“The Department would like to warn foreigners to desist from contravening the Immigration Act because the perpetrators will be brought to book and face the law,” she said.
She said the department had on Friday last week removed a Palestinian for illegally staying in the country.
In Kitwe on the Copperbelt, the department deported nine Tanzanians, a Ugandan, and three Congolese for illegal entry and stay, while two Malawians were removed for trading illegally and another Congolese for illegal entry.
Another Malawian was convicted and fined K500 or in default four months simple imprisonment for illegal entry.
Ms Chileshe said in Ndola, another Congolese had been arrested for unlawful stay while another one was removed for illegal stay.
She said one Somali refugee was relocated to Maheba Refugee Camp while a different group of eight Tanzanians were detained for trading illegally at Chisokone market.
She said another Congolese was arrested in Ndola for unlawful stay with 12 more from the neighbouring country being removed from Zambia by the department in Kasumbalesa for illegal stay while an Egyptian was nabbed for illegal stay.
In Nchelenge of Luapula Province, four Ugandans were arrested for trading illegally as well as for illegally entering the country while three Congolese were rounded up and deported from Solwezi, North Western Province for illegally staying in the country.
Ms Chileshe said two Burundi nationals were arrested in Isoka of Muchinga Province for illegal entry while two Somalis were detained in Serenje, Central Province, also for illegal stay.