Four immigrants nabbed deep in the village

Four immigrants were on Sunday arrested in Homa Bay County in the ongoing crackdown of foreigners in the country.

The four, three Burundians and one Rwandan were found in Kachieng location, Katula C. village, operating home bakery business.

The Rachuonyo South Sub County DCC, Mohamud Ibrahim Hassan, Rachuonyo said the four foreigners were being detained in Oyugis police facility.

He said immigration officials would vet the foreigners all of them male and youthful, to establish their status.

Last month, Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i said all immigrants who failed the vetting test would be deported in an exercise planned to continue for three months.

Earlier the CS had issued a directive that ordered the foreigners working in the country without official permit to get documentation or be arrested at the end of 60 days.

The arrest of the four young men deep in the village has left residents baffled as they were being employed to work as bakers of doughnuts that were then ferried on bodaboda and sold in the region.

A resident, Polycarp Otieno, lauded the government’s move to rid the country of foreigners whom he said were invading the little space left for employment of local youth.

Otieno however, wondered whether the crackdown did not jeopardise the East Africa community immigration protocol that promotes free movement of people and labour especially with regard to Kenya, Uganda and Burundi known to have adopted the use of national IDs as valid travel documents.

Source: Kenya News Agency