THE Immigration Department has deported Zhongman Industry and Trade general manager Mao Yongjin on grounds that he was a threat to peace and order in the country.
Mr Mao, 43, holder of passport number E 24746001 and employment permit number 030143, was deported on Friday after the Minister of Home Affairs, Davies Mwila, signed a warrant of deportation.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by Immigration Department public relations officer Namati Nshinka.
Mr Mao was on August 9, 2014, along with other unknown persons, arrested by the police and Zambia National Service (ZNS) officers for alleged unlawful possession of 3,667 logs of mukula tree worth K44,222 without a licence.
He was subsequently convicted and fined for the offence by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on May 8, 2015.
Mr Mao was again arrested together with 14 others for alleged illegal possession of mukula tree.
He was deported in the early hours of Friday, on May 22, 2015 via Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
Mr Nshinka said Mr Mao’s employment permit has since ceased to be in force.
Meanwhile, the Immigration Department in Monze on Tuesday, arrested 14 foreigners for various immigration offences.
Mr Nshinka said this was during an operation conducted in Monze.
Those arrested include four Congolese, four Rwandan refugees, three Rwandan, two Somalis and a Lebanese.
The four Rwandan refugees are currently appearing in court for allegedly being outside a refugee settlement without a valid pass or permit while the two Congolese are charged with unlawful stay.
In another development, the Livingstone Magistrate’s Court on May 22, 2015, convicted and sentenced Tito Joseph Timotheo, 41, a Tanzanian and Joseph Mugweri, 26, a Ugandan to a fine of K3,000 each, in default nine months simple imprisonment for unlawful stay.
Meanwhile, the Chipata regional immigration office on May 22, 2015, arrested nine Malawians and two Congolese for alleged unlawful entry.