ROBERT BOAZ RPC OF KILIMANJARO
The Police Force in Kilimanjaro Region is holding 12 illegal immigrants who were en route to South Africa, it has been revealed.
Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander Robert Boaz told reporters on Friday 16th November 2012 they were arrested after entering Tanzania territory via illegal entry points (panya routes) at Mnoa village in Mwanga District.
He said the immigrants were arrested as they were crossing the village following a tip off from civilians in the village.
Boaz named them as Demeleke Ramira (20),Burhani Demeke (20), Rehisa Faisa (22), Mesigan Yagaye (18), Delgin Sulamo (20), Ayela Dolaso (22), Meksin Kemesig (25), Slum Erimias (18), Amsebo Degaso (16), Felaka Yesafa (17), Salumu Ashora (19) and Tigasaya Almirius (16).
He said the arrested illegal immigrants would be arraigned in court after completion of police investigation.
Mid this year, 43 immigrants from Ethiopian and Somali were found dead in a truck in Dodoma Region. They were believed to have entered the country via illegal entry points in Mwanga District
Investigation revealed they died of suffocation and lack of food. However, data showed they were about 100 people in the truck.
Some bodies were thrown off the truck and dumped in the bush after the driver of the truck realised some of the people he was smuggling had perished. In December last year 20 Somali immigrants were found dead while en route to South Africa.
Arrests of Ethiopian and Somali illegal immigrants are increasing in number as they find Tanzania territory as safe transit on the way to the continent’s top economy.