By NOEL IYOMBWA
THE Lusaka Regional Immigration Office has secured the conviction of a 23 year old casual worker of Emmasdale in Lusaka for forging an Immigration Identity Card.
Immigration public relations officer Namati Nshinka confirmed the development in a statement.
Mr Nshinka disclosed that particulars of the offence are that George Chipango on dates unknown but between 1st January and 5th April, 2021 forged an immigration identity card.
He explained that the convict was taken to North Gate Police Post by alert members of the public after he was found at Kabanana Market wearing an Immigration coat, masquerading as an Immigration Officer.
Mr Nshinka said the suspect was later handed over to Immigration by members of the public.
“In his possession were two (02) Immigration Identity Cards, one (01) Council Identity Card, a National Registration Card and a Voter’s Card. He appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate Court on 10th May, 2021 and was convicted and sentenced to 46 months imprisonment with hard labor.
“Similarly, the Livingstone Regional Immigration Office on 12th May, 2021 secured the conviction of a Zambian business man for aiding an illegal immigrant into Zambia contrary to section 46(1)(a) of the Immigration and Deportation Act No. 18 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.
“Mubila Event (31), a resident of Murewa, Zimbabwe was arrested on 4th November, 2020 at Victoria Falls Border Control for aiding Dumisani Tshuma and Ndlovu Bernard, both Zimbabwean nationals to enter into “Zambia illegally. He was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of K60,000 or in default two years simple imprisonment, “he said.
He further disclosed that from April 7 to May 13 the Department also deported 295 illegal immigrants from the country, and apprehended 130 persons for various immigration offences.