Illegal immigrant traders invade Lusaka Townships


SOME Lusaka residents have accused the Department of Immigration officials of corruption in the manner they handle illegal immigrant traders who normally return soon after clean-up operations in the compounds.

Garden compound resident Rabson Msoni said suspected illegal immigrants have been found trading freely because of alleged corruption in the Immigration Department.

The residents complained about the presence of illegal foreign nationals in the compounds who have taken over small business like groceries and butcheries from the locals.

“I think what we need is transparency in the operations of the Immigration Department because even after they have carried out a community clean-up, we still see the illegal immigrants in the neighbourhoods.

“It is even surprising that foreigners actually manage to get NRCs, when we all know how difficult it is for a Zambian to get that document, meaning there is some corruption involved,” he said.

He explained that information on deportees was never circulated to the public which raised more suspicions of how transparent these clean-up operations were.

He gave an example of Chawama’s two illegal guest houses where illegal immigrants have returned within 24 hours of being issued with deportation papers. Mr Msoni has since called on Government to decentralize the operations of the Immigration Department and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to the communities to ease flow of reports to and from the department.

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