NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police have arrested 28 Ethiopians from a
residential estate in Nairobi for being in the country
Police commander Joseph Ole Tito said on Sunday that the aliens
were nabbed on Saturday from a house in Kasarani residential
Ole Tito said the
men had been in the house for four days as they waited to be
sneaked out of the country to South Africa. They told police a
man who was behind their smuggling was away.
“They will be
arraigned in court once investigations are completed,” the
police commander said. Police said they were tipped off about
the presence of the men in the house before the raid was staged.
They were taken to
police custody ahead of their arraignment. The Kenyan police and
immigration officials have decried increased cases in which
Ethiopian aliens are nabbed in the country while on transit to
either Tanzania or South Africa.
Ole Tito said they
are looking for the smugglers behind the incident. Police said
they face difficulties in dealing with the aliens because they
cannot speak in Swahili and English.
The Saturday arrest
is the latest in a series that have happened in the last four
month alone where more than 100 Ethiopians have been seized in
operations. The men were in a lorry being transported when they
were stopped by police.
It is not clear when
they left the Moyale border and how they managed to evade many
roadblocks on the way. Police say an investigation has been
launched to establish the movement of the aliens.
Cases of human
smuggling have been on the rise in the region with hundreds of
young men from Ethiopia finding their way into South Africa
through Kenya in search of employment.
The authorities say
several aliens who find their way into the Kenyan police cells
have tripled in the past few weeks over stretching the capacity
of the cells in the East African nation.