Tuesday, June 5, 2018
EAC states launch cooperation to curb illegal influx of immigrants in the region
Tanzania has joined forces with other East African Community (EAC) member states of Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda to control the influx of illegal immigrants who passes through national borders and flocked into their countries from Ethiopia and Eritrea in large numbers. The Minister for Home AffairsDr. Mwigulu Nchemba
Dr. Mwigulu Nchemba said in parliament early this week during question and answer session when he was clarifying a point on illegal immigrants in the country, a question which was earlier directed to his ministry by a special seat Faharia Shomari Hamisi (CCM). The legislator wanted to know how many illegal immigrants who have been apprehended in the country and what steps has so far been taken to curb with the influx of immigrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The Minister Dr. Chemba clarified that, he had attended a joint meeting organized by EAC security representatives recently and had agreed to teem up efforts to curb with the increased influx of illegal immigrants along their national borders so as to prevent the menace. A supplementary question was raised by Iringa urban legislator Rev. Peter Msigwa (Chadema) who wanted to know plans by the government which seems to have failed to deport inmates from Ethiopia who after completing their jail sentences have been left loitering in Mbeya city and its environs. Responding to this question, the deputy minister of home affairs Hamad Masauni said that, the government is taking the necessary steps to transport them by shifts depending on the availability of fund. However, the minister has pleaded to the general public to help reveal illegal immigrants wherever they are in the country so that, the nation should know about their legal stay in the country and take appropriate actions against the defaulters.