50 illegal immigrants arrested as swoop continues

The Eastern Regional Security committee has arrested 50 illegal immigrants from various countries as the exercise to flush out foreigners working in the country illegally continues.

Eastern Regional Coordinator (RC) Wycliffe Ogallo said some immigrants had gotten residences deep into the rural settings in the region while others were masquerading as small entrepreneurs.

He said the immigrants might have accessed the country through unmanned borders and were a threat to the region’s security and called on grass root national government administrative officers to ensure that they work with residents to identify such people.

The RC who had met all eight County Commissioners in his Embu office to discuss the matter on Wednesday said the crackdown had been intensified and warned the foreigners that they will be arrested and repatriated back to their countries.

“Most of them come here only to become a security threat without the knowledge of the public. We arrested some who were pretending to be in the business of selling electronics eg, Chinese gambling machines among others. One of them had been integrated into a village football club in Makueni County. Others had gotten residences deep in the rural areas. We are coming for you,” he warned.

The official at the same time noted that refugees who were camping in the border town of Moyale in Marsabit County were slowly being integrated into established refugee camps at Kakuma and Dadaab Centres.

He said some immigrants were taking advantage and camping in Moyale saying the Government will not allow a refugee camp to be established in Moyale.

“We are working closely with officials from Ethiopia to have those found in the country illegally repatriated back to their country. Police officers have been put on alert on this. Only those with documentation will be allowed in our recognized refugee centers in Kakuma and Dadaab camps,” he said.



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