Sep 25, 2022

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Zimbabwe to deport six Kenyans arrested over illegal entry

Zimbabwe’s security forces have arrested six Kenyans on charges of illegally entering the country via the porous border with South Africa.

The Kenyans were arrested around 2am on 27 May at the Beitbridge border post , when they entered Zimbabwe from South Africa after they were discovered to have fake Zimbabwean immigration stamps.

Musa Abdullahi Hussein (44), Mohamed Abdille (43), Ali Mohamed Abdi (37), Hussein Harun Bullo ( 34) , Muhamed Abdirahman Issack (34) and Ibrahimbashir Durow (34) were in transit to Kenya.

They appeared before Judge Annia Chimweta in Beitbridge on Monday, accused of violating the country’s immigration law .

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You have been convicted and warned against repeating the same offence. They are still in detention pending deportation.

Prosecutor Esnath Vengedza told the court that upon arrival at the border, the Kenyans used the services of a fake immigration officer who, for a fee, could issue two passports and travel documents stamped.

The six were arrested at a security checkpoint as they exited the border after it was discovered that their travel documents had a non-existent immigration stamp and they implicated the wrong immigration officer.

< p> Beitbridge, the busiest border post in southern Africa, is a hub for human trafficking syndicates, facilitating people from across the continent to enter South Africa illegally.

The syndicates use corrupt border officials from both countries to smuggle desperate immigrants .

South Africa’s Interior Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has in the past expressed his concerns about “corrupti on on the Zimbabwe side of the Beitbridge border post.”

Dr. Motsoaledi earlier this year accused Zimbabwean soldiers who accepted bribes to help people cross the border illegally.

During a visit to the border post, he was shown evidence that travelers without valid Covid-19 vaccination certificates or passports Soldiers were “assisted” to enter South Africa.

“We are concerned. We said this before that we heard rumors that there are people coming with fake certificates and we found them and we are returning them,” said Dr. Motsoaledi at the time.

“They showed me a video where Zimbabwean soldiers and police officers were helping people to come to (South Africa).”