12 Ethiopian and Somali immigrants held in Tanzania over illegal entry
THE immigration department here is holding 12 Ethiopian and Somali immigrants
for allegedly entering into the country illegally.
The Assistant Immigration Officer (AIO) for Singida Region, Mr Joseph Mshana,
told reporters in his office yesterday that out of the twelve immigrants, nine
are Ethiopians while three others are Somalis.
According to him, the illegal immigrants were nabbed in Kititimo – about two
kilometres from Singida town along the Singida- Arusha Highway. He said, the
foreigners were apprehended at 05:00pm, soon after they had disembarked from
Mtei Bus from Arusha.
“Actually, we were tipped off by a Good Samaritan, who had become suspicious of
the foreigners. As we reached the area, we found them hiding in the nearby
thickets,” Mshana explained. The AIO said that after questioning them they
revealed that they were heading for South Africa to look for greener pastures.
Mr Mshana said that the immigrants told him that life back home in their
respective countries was unbearable. The list of those nabbed include three
Somalis identified as Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud, Mohamed Abdi Osman and Yassin
The Ethiopians are Adinan Abraham Haji, Tazama Dijamo Walano, Pakala Agore
Mancha, Alam Ayele Gabrisilasie, Tasfai Sugart Kidisu and Atele Lipanso Gafje.
Others include Afendi Aden Suleyman, Abraham Mirato Shanko and Muhidin Sufian
Ahmed. All the immigrants are aged between 20 and 35 years old. The immigration
official said that after investigations are completed, the
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