The Immigration Department between Monday and Wednesday this week arrested 63 people countrywide for various immigration offences.

And the Department says among those arrested include 50 people who were apprehended in a clean-up operation in Lusaka’s Chibolya, Matero, Chelston, Ngombe, Makeni, Lilanda and Waterfalls areas.

This according to a statement issued by Department of Immigration public relations officer Namati Nshinka yesterday.

“The Department of Immigration between October 22 and 24, 2018, arrested 63 persons for various immigration offences countrywide, including 50 (who were) apprehended in a clean-up operation conducted by the Lusaka Regional Immigration Office on October 22 and 23, 2018. The operation covered selected parts of Lusaka, including Chibolya, Matero, Chelston, Ngombe, Makeni, Lilanda and Waterfalls,” Nshinka stated.

He stated that those nabbed during the operation in Lusaka included; 18 Tanzanians, eight Congolese, seven Chinese, six Rwandese, five Burundese, two Zimbabweans and one Indian.

He added that three others claiming Zambian citizenship were also apprehended in the operation after they failed to produce proof of citizenship.

Nshinka stated that the 50 were currently in detention pending further screening and possible prosecution.

Meanwhile, Nshinka stated that nine Congolese in Chingola and one Angolan in Choma were arrested for unlawful entry.

He stated that those arrested for unlawful stay included; one Liberian in Lusaka and one Congolese in Lukwesa.

Nshinka further stated that the Department also arrested a 44-year-old Zambian registered immigration consultant identified as Roy Chomba Kunda for forgery.

“Mr. Roy Chomba Kunda, resident of house number 10423/84 Kambwili Road, Chainama, was apprehended on Wednesday. Particulars of the offences are that Mr. Roy Chomba Kunda, a Zambian national, jointly and acting together with Mr. Vijay Kumar Agarwal and Mr. Chawla Vineet, both Indian nationals, and other persons unknown, between March 1, 2018, and July 1, 2018, did forge and utter to a public officer, two forged bank statements purporting that money for investment was brought into the country, when in fact not,” stated Nshinka.