THE Immigration Department yesterday apprehended 30 foreign nationals for illegal entry and unlawful stay in Zambia.
And the Immigration Department has observed that Zambia is facing an increase in foreign nationals entering the country illegally because of the booming herbal medicine business which has been highly advertised in the media.
Immigration public relations officer Namati Nshinka told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that most foreign nationals were frequenting Zambia to make ends meet as demand for traditional medicine seemed to be on the increase.
He explained that his department yesterday conducted a raid in which 30 nationals were apprehended for illegal entry and unlawful stay in the country.
Mr Nshinka who displayed assorted items and charms which some of the traditional healers were caught within the raid, said some of the illegal immigrants were being harboured by some unpatriotic Zambians.
“We have seen an increase in the number people from other countries that come here to operate as traditional healers and this is due to the fact that there seems to be an increase in demand for traditional medicine in the country.
You have seen that traditional medicine is being advertised through posters and a lot more through the media and this has led to an increase in the number of illegal immigrants who bring their medicine to Zambia,” Mr. Nshinka said. And in a statement made available to the Daily Nation after the raid, Mr. Nshinka said his department arrested 30 foreign nationals during a clean-up operation yesterday on unlawful stay, the majority of which were Ugandan nationals. He said the clean-up was conducted in various compounds in Lusaka following some of the advertisement which were placed in the media which indicated their locations.
“The Immigration Department has today (yesterday), 24th June, 2015 arrested a total of 30 foreign nationals during a clean-up operation for unlawful stay. The officers moved in following the numerous advertisements in the print media where traditional healers have been advertising their services and uncertified remedies with impunity. “Among those arrested include 19 Ugandans, five Nigerians, two Congolese, two Burundese, one Tanzanian, and one woman whose nationality is yet to be ascertained. The majority failed to produce any documentation at the time of their arrests,” he said.
Mr. Nshinka warned Zambians who were in the habit of harbouring foreign nationals who were illegally in the country to stop what they were doing or they should be ready to face the law.
“All of the illegal immigrants were being harboured by some unpatriotic Zambians. I would like to warn the public against harbouring illegal immigrants as this is a serious offence under the laws of the country. Harbouring includes providing accommodation or lodging facilities to an illegal immigrant,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nshinka said the Immigration Department in Nakonde last Friday blocked 10 Tanzanian nationals with fake documents from entering the country, while two more Rwandese were also prevented from entering into the country for failing to meet entry requirements.
“The Immigration Department in Nakonde on Friday, 19th June, 2015 refused entry to 10 Tanzanian nationals for using Duplicated Travel Documents (DTIs). The same office also refused entry to two Rwandese nationals for failing to meet entry requirements for Zambia,” he said.