Tanzanian police are holding 63 illegal migrants suspected to be from Ethiopia and a Tanzanian driver after the arrest at Kidoka village in Chemba District on Saturday.
The Dodoma Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr David Misime, said that one illegal immigrant, who was identified only as Tajiru aged between 25 and 30 died during the arrest jointly carried out by police and villagers.
“We’re holding 63 illegal migrants and the driver who was transporting them using a truck made of Fuso with registration number T 353 AYW,” said the RPC.
Mr Misime named the driver as Othman Mtekateka (45), who is a resident of Ilala in Dar es Salaam Region. “The suspects were found aboard the truck on their way to Mbeya Region,” he said.
Mr Misime said the police apprehended the suspects following the tipoff from citizens who saw them hiding in the bush at the village; he added the immigrants were found in bad health condition.
“The illegal migrants, who were in bad health condition, were found eating some fresh maize. The villagers reported the matter to the police as some suspects were requesting food from the villagers,” he said.
Mr Misime pointed out that the migrants were found without entry permit and that the truck driver has admitted to transport them from Moshi since March 12.
“We’re looking for other four suspects who were assistants to the truck driver. The four suspects disappeared after the truck broke down,” he said.
Mr Misime explained that after the truck broke down the driver took the migrants to hide in the bush in order to repair the truck but the driver abandoned them.
Some of the migrants were identified as Abireham Rile (27), Daniel Abera (27), Araba Lobe (28), Mamiris Danxe (20), Getachaw Hafebo (25), Miratu Abinu (21), Sabsibe Yohanas (18), Abirihamu Hadaro (25), Endure Sasie (18) and Kababe Woriw (22).
Others are Daniel Abare (22), Adise Trago (26), Girima Yohanas (19), Xilahun Abebe (18), Eshetu Abebe (18), Abeyine Etiro (26), Ababe Achiso (30), Misigune Dalikaso (21), Ayano Malase (30), Dabade Mishamo (30) and 43 others.
Located in the heartland of Tanzania, Dodoma is the nation’s new official political capital and the seat of government in the country.
Source – Daily News, Tanzania