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Police step up crackdown against illegal immigrants
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The government has intensified the crackdown against illegal immigrants in the country to address insecurity.
The mop-up targets foreigners who lack proper documents in efforts to rid the country of “terrorists and their sympathisers”.
Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia said the crackdown was among tasks the government had approved to address insecurity in the country.
“We have directed mop-up of illegal immigrants immediately. We will find them and send them back to their country,” Mr Kimemia told theNation.
At the same time, Mr Kimemia warned Somali nationals, who hold valid documents, against engaging in the politics of their county since it was hindering the repatriation of refugees.
“If they (Somali businessmen) are here legally, then they should desist from engaging in politics of their country. They are interfering with the stabilisation of that country,” he said.
He said the government was also on the lookout for local drug barons.
“We are mopping out local drug barons. The country’s security is key for this government and it is clear from the approvals made by the Cabinet,” he said, adding: “Special focus shall be given to the remaining drug lords including their local counterparts, poachers, illicit brewers and agents of terror.”
The National Security Council and other security agencies would meet weekly to strategise on the operations to curb crime, Mr Kimemia said.
Last weekend, some 27 illegal foreigners were arrested following the surreptitious return to Kenya of one of the suspected drug traffickers deported to Nigeria last month.
Eneke Chimenze alias Anaeke Chimezie was deported together with the controversial Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu.
An immigration officer at the Namanga border point is accused of clearing him although the man had been declared a prohibited immigrant.
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