NINETEEN foreigners have been deported for illegal entry and concealing their identities, the Immigration Department has said.
The illegal immigrants who were arrested last week consisted of seven Ethiopians, four Tanzanians, three Burundians, three Ugandans and two Somalis.
Immigration Department public relations officer Mubanda Chileshe said seven of the foreigners were arrested in Kabwe while the rest were detained in Lusaka.
Ms Chileshe said a Burundese was arrested in Chirundu for concealing identity papers while his compatriot was detained in Kapiri Mposhi for illegal entry into Zambia.
Similarly, two Chinese were arrested for conducting business on ordinary visit while a Tanzanian was arrested for concealing his true identity by trying to obtain a National Registration Card (NRC) in Lusaka’s Chawama Township.
She said a Zambian was also arrested for aiding the Tanzanian to obtain the NRC.
Ms Chileshe said three Malawians were arrested in Chama for illegal entry while on the Copperbelt the department detained eight illegal immigrants, including a Somali and two Congolese for illegal entry.
In a related development, the Lusaka Magistrate Court convicted and sentenced a Tanzanian to a fine of K100 or in default one month imprisonment for unlawful stay after he was found working in the country illegally.
The same court also convicted and sentenced two Congolese to K1,500 each or six months imprisonment in default for concealing their true identity by travelling using a Lesotho passport.
A Rwandese was also convicted and sentenced by the same court to a fine of K1,500 or in default six months simple imprisonment while a Congolese was fined K400.
Ms Chileshe said a Guinea was fined K1,000 or in default three months simple imprisonment for unlawful entry.