MOZAMBIQUE POLICE ARREST 26 ETHIOPIANS FOR ILLEGAL ENTRY TO THE COUNTRY

MAPUTO– Mozambican police have arrested 26 Ethiopians who had entered the country illegally and were trying to make their way to South Africa.

The police picked them up at Nhamatema, in Barue district, in the central province of Manica, on Saturday as they were waiting in Nhamatema for a vehicle to take them to South Africa.

According to the spokesperson for the Manica Provincial Police Command, Elsidia Filipe, the Ethiopians were all men, aged between 19 and 40. It is believed that they had entered the country from Malawi, and had crossed northwestern Tete province before reaching Barue.

The vehicle which had transported them across Tete province left them at Nhamatema in the middle of the night. They waited in the bush for 24 hours, but were spotted.

They arrived (in Mozambique) last Friday night. They were unloaded and abandoned, and thought they should hide in the bush. On Saturday local people saw them in the bush and informed the police, said Filipe.

Filipe said they will be handed over to the immigration authorities for deportation.

This is the fourth group of illegal migrants intercepted in Manica so far this year. It is believed that all were attempting to reach South Africa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK