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11-01-2021 – The Department of Immigration in Kapiri Mposhi has secured the conviction of a 20-year-old female Tanzanian Odile Changa for the offence of unlawful presence, contrary to section 11(3) of the Immigration and Deportation Act No. 18 of 2010 of the laws of Zambia.

Odile Changa was apprehended on 20th December 2020 at Kapiri Glass Products (K.G.P) Compound in Kapiri Mposhi District during a routine compliance check by Officers from the Kapiri Immigration Office. This was after she failed to produce documentation legalizing her stay in Zambia. This is the second time in less than a month that she has been arrested by the Department of Immigration for a similar offence.  The first time was on 4th December 2020 after which she was sentenced to 6 months simple imprisonment, suspended for 3 months.  

Appearing before the Magistrate Court in Kapiri Mposhi on 7th January 2021, she was sentenced to 18 months simple imprisonment without the option of a fine. This means that she will serve for two (02) years, as the breaching offence occurs within the operational period of the imposed suspended sentence.

Meanwhile, the Department between 8th and 10th January 2021 apprehended seven (07) persons for various offences country-wide. These were two (02) Tanzanians and one (01) Ethiopian apprehended for unlawful stay. Those apprehended for unlawful entry were one (01) Burundian, one (01) Kenyan, and one (01) Tanzanian. One (01) Kenyan was also apprehended for being in possession of a forged passport.

During this period the Department also refused four (04) foreign nationals entry into Zambia for failing to meet various entry requirements. These were three (03) Tanzanians at Nakonde Border Control, and one (01) Rwandese, and one (01) Tanzanian at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

We wish to encourage anyone aware of an individual, business, or employer who may be aiding and abetting illegal immigrants to contact the Department of Immigration.

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