from NDABENI MLOTSHWA in Bulawayo
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE is to deport 21 Ugandan nationals arrested this past weekend for entering the country illegally.
Among those to be sent back to the East African country is a five-year-old who was in the company of her mother when police arrested the Ugandans last Saturday at a tollgate 40 kilometres west of the second city of Bulawayo.
They were traveling on the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway.
The Bulawayo Magistrates Court heard that the Ugandans had some valid passports but had unlawfully entered into Zimbabwe without presenting themselves to immigration officials.
They were charged under sections of the Immigration Act.
Besides the minor, the suspects are aged between 22 and 48 years old.
Bulawayo Magistrate, Tinashe Tashaya, convicted the Ugandan nationals and sentenced them to serve three months in prison, which was wholly suspended for five years on condition that they do not commit a similar offence within the same period.
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights represented the Ugandans.
– CAJ News