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ZRP hunts for 2 Zimbabweans who assisted 15 Ethiopian illegals

by Staff reporter
02 Apr 2020 at 12:00hrs | Views
ZRP has announced that it has launched a manhunt for 2 Zimbabweans who assisted a group of 15 Ethiopians who entered the country illegally and were nabbed at a house in Gwanda.

The National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they had launched a manhunt for two suspects who reportedly assisted the 15 Ethiopians that were arrested while hiding at a homestead in Gwanda.

Nyathi appealed to members of the public with information that could lead to the arrest of the pair to contact the police.

Asst Comm Nyathi said three of the illegal immigrants had fled from the homestead but were later arrested.

"We have learnt that these Ethiopians were being assisted by two Zimbabweans who are on the run. We have launched a manhunt for them and we appeal to members of the public with information on their whereabouts to contact the police," he said.

The group was arrested after they had been reportedly hiding at the homestead for a week where they had been left by Ethan Ndlovu a cross border transporter under the care of his friend only identified as Bheki.

The group, which was reportedly headed for South Africa, failed to cross the border last week as it is closed.

Fourteen of the 15 Ethiopians appeared in court facing allegations of entering the country illegally.

Abdi Adem, Habeb Akmei, Tamesgn Nareco, Fakadu Wolebo, Mukamil Nunye, Melkamu Zeleke, Akamqi Dari, Shika Ayamudi, Muhoba Tama, Feeysal Xaahaa, Beradi Kabamn, Dasal Mehde, Mori Abidla and Beradin Batiso were not asked to plead when they appeared briefly before Gwanda Provincial Magistrate, Ms Charity Maphosa facing a charge of contravening Section 11(1) of the Immigration Act Chapter 4:02, entry by evasion. They were remanded in custody to April 22.

Prosecuting, Mr Mncedisi Dube said on a date and time unknown, but between March 1 and March 25, the group entered the country through an unknown port of entry without valid travel documents.

According to the State, the group was intercepted in the early hours of Tuesday following a tip-off from community members in Mawane One Village in Swisha area.

Source - AFP