Ethiopian aliens arrested in Murang’a

Ethiopian aliens arrested in Murang’a


Tuesday, September 5, 2023

KNA by Anita Omwenga

 Some 26 female aliens of Ethiopian Nationality were on Monday night arrested in Gitungano, Murang’a County, for being in the country illegally.

Murang’a County Police Commander David Mathiu said police officers arrested the aliens aged between 22 and 32 years because they could not explain their motive and destination due to the language barrier.

“The aliens could not communicate due to language barrier as they could not speak in either English or Swahili,” said Mathiu, adding that they were taken to Murang’a police station for further investigations.

The county commander who led the raid said they visited the house of one Phillip Kamwaro in Gitungano, Kiharu constituency at around 7 pm and found the female aliens confined in a three-bedroom incomplete house.

Mathiu said the raid took place after members of the public tipped off the police on the whereabouts of the aliens.

“Following a tip-off yesterday evening, we raided a home in Gitungano, Kiharu constituency, and found 26 women of Ethiopian origin confined in an incomplete house,” said the commander.

He said the suspects allegedly started arriving in the county last week from Ethiopia in separate buses and stayed in the incomplete house that had some mattresses spread on the floor.

He said that the aliens were found to be in possession of passports and sixteen mobile phones, which were taken by the police for analysis.

The police said they also arrested the owner of the house and another person identified as David Gachengu.

The county boss observed that aliens were living in deplorable conditions, since they looked frail at the time of the arrest.

“They looked tired as they were squeezed in the rooms making their lives difficult, waiting to be driven out to the next unknown destination,” said Mathiu.

Police and immigration officials have decried increased cases of Ethiopian aliens being nabbed in the country, while in transit to either Tanzania or South Africa.

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