Tanzania gets tough on illegal immigration
DODOMA: Tanzania has announced new measures to combat human trafficking.
Hamad Yusuf Masauni, Tanzania’s home affairs deputy minister, said the country has been a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking.
“That’s why we’ve come up with new measures that will involve all security agencies and the public – the main target in the programme are perpetrators of the barbaric business,” he said.
He warned traffickers that their days were numbered.Immigration officers and the perpetrators of human smuggling will not only be arrested but the government will also confiscate and nationalise their vehicles, he warned.
Speaking during a tour of the immigration department at the Tanzania-Kenya border in Namanga, the Tanzanian minister said the government was not satisfied with the efforts of the immigration officers at Namanga border. Many aliens were still finding their entry into the country through the border point. “Some of these aliens collude with Tanzanians in looking for routes to enter the country.”
In recent years, Tanzania has witnessed an increasing flow of irregular migrants from the horn of Africa, especially Ethiopia and Somalia, who have been fleeing drought, economic deprivation, unemployment and conflicts.
Tanzania has also become a transit corridor to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia en route to South Africa and beyond. – Xinhua