The Department of Immigration in Lusaka on Sunday, 15th December, 2013 arrested 26 Tanzanian men for unlawful stay.
This was in an operation which targeted Chilenje, Kabwata, COMESA and North-Mead Markets.
immigration department public relation officer namti nshinka says The 26 hairdressers who usually operate from saloons and from customers’ homes on request did not have any permits or travel documents at the time of arrest.
Mr nshinka says the Department intends to prosecute them.
He says A Congolese pastor was also arrested during the same operation. Mr nshinka says Pastor Ilunga Tshibanda, 42 is believed to have been working as a Pastor at Grace Deliverance Church in Garden Compound without an Employment permit contrary to the Immigration and Deportation Act number 18 of 2010
Meanwhile, mr nshinka has disclosed that the Magistrate Court in Solwezi has convicted and sentenced a Namibian truck driver to a fine of 4,000kwacha or in default 6 months simple imprisonment for failing to appear before an Immigration Officer.
He says the Magistrate Court in Mwinilunga has also convicted and sentenced a Congolese national to a fine of 800 plus 1 year prison sentence suspended for 1 year for forging a Zambian National Registration Card number 293438/53/1 bearing the names ‘Andrew Banda’.
In other developments, mr nshinka says the Magistrate Court in Lusaka has convicted and sentenced a Ugandan traditional doctor to a fine of K 500 for unlawful stay.
He says Nakiwu Allen, 31 who was arrested on 24th November, 2013 at her home in Libala near Katungu was removed from Zambia on Saturday, 14th December, 2013 after paying the fine.
The Department through Mr. nshinka has warned hair salon owners who employ foreign hairdressers who do not have the necessary permits to desist from doing so as it is illegal.
He has also warned members of the public who invite the illegal Immigrants to plait their hair from their homes to immediately stop because this is a serious immigration offence which is punishable under the Immigration and Deportation Act.
The department through mr nshinka has also appealed to the public to continue reporting the presence of suspected illegal immigrants as this will assist the Department to rid the Country of illegal immigrants.