ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities said Saturday they had
arrested 45 illegal Ethiopian migrants hiding in maize fields.
Head of Immigration Department in Tanga Region, said they were
arrested for entering the East African nation illegally.
The official said
that they were found the northeastern district of Mkinga while
hiding in the farms located close to Tanzania-Kenya border of
He said that they
were waiting for the person who was to transport them to the
Tanzania-Malawi border as the suspected illegal migrants were on
the way to South Africa for greener pasture.
“They were found in
maize fields, while they have harvested some of the maize, the
situation which shows that they were hungry.”
Ngonyani said that
Tanzanian security organs were looking for Tanzanians who were
behind the syndicate of human trafficking.
nationals will next Monday be taken to the court.
officer has urged citizens to stop keeping illegal immigrants in
their homes and that whoever found doing so will face legal
actions, including prosecution.
Tanzania is the main
gateway for illegal immigrants particularly for those who are on
the way to South Africa to seek greener pastures.