By Chris Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police are on Thursday
interrogating 13 Ethiopian nationals after arresting them at a
residential estate in Nairobi in a security swoop.
Police Commander Japheth Koome said the Ethiopians, who were
arrested on Wednesday night, would be charged in court later for
being in the country illegally.
Koome said the
Ethiopian men had stayed in a rented house waiting to move out
to South Africa, adding that major manhunt for the smuggler
behind the syndicate was underway.
“We don’t know how
they managed to arrive there but we are pursuing all angles in
our investigations,” Koome said, noting that those arrested are
to be deported to their country after court processes.
The police said they
were tipped of the presence of the foreigners and that none of
them could speak English or Swahili.
The Ethiopians were
believed to have come in small groups and police are looking for
two women behind their visit to Kenya.
Kenyan police and
immigration officials have decried increased cases in which
Ethiopian nationals are nabbed in the country while on transit
to either Tanzania or South Africa.
Tens of Ethiopian
illegal immigrants are annually arrested in Kenya while on
transit. On several occasions they have been discovered locked
up in congested rooms in Kenyan towns and cities.
authorities have blamed the vastness of the region for the
runaway influx of foreigners in to Kenya through Moyale on