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Burundian found guilty of smuggling 27 undocumented immigrants

A 50-YEAR-OLD transporter who made $13,500 in a human trafficking scam was found guilty of smuggling 27 Burundians.

Amani Ntahomvukiye was busted in January, according to the Department of Immigration, following a tip from a member of the public after he was spotted in a home with the 27-year-old.

“He was apprehended on January 12,2023 in Chirundu following a tip-off from a concerned member of the public after being found in a house in the company of 27 Burundian nationals who illegally entered the country through Zombe Border.

“He was subsequently charged with 27 counts of human smuggling for facilitating the illegal entry of the Burundians on 9th and January 10,2023,” Department public relations officer Namati Nshinka said.

Investigations, according to Nshinka, revealed that the smuggling victims each paid Amani Ntahomvukiye around $500 to transport them to South Africa.

“On April 21,2023, the Lusaka Magistrate Court convicted him on all 27 counts and committed him to the High Court for sentencing. Arrangements to repatriate the victims have reached an advanced stage,” Nshinka said.

Bartomeu Kanjamba, a 60-year-old Angolan peasant farmer, was found guilty on April 21, 2023, by the Mongu Regional Immigration Office of violating Sections 12(2) and 11(3) of the Immigration and Deportation Act No. 18 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia by failing to appear before the nearest immigration officer and by remaining unlawfully in the country.

Bartomeu Kanjamba entered Zambia on unspecified dates between 2000 and April 12, 2023, in Sefula, Mongu District, without first appearing before the local immigration officer.

52 people were detained by the Department of Immigration between April 21 and April 23, 2023, for a variety of immigration crimes.

“During this period, the Department also removed 38 illegal immigrants from the country and refused four foreign nationals entry for failing to meet entry requirements,” he said

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