Tanzanian authorities have apprehended more than 700 illegal immigrants in Kagera region in an operation launched Friday, Tanzania’s Daily News reported Monday (September 9th).
Kagera Regional Commissioner Colonel Fabian Massawe said security forces also seized two guns and 1,300 head of cattle in the operation.
The immigrants are from Kenya, Somalia, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Massawe said. “It should be understood that we are not targeting one nation, but those who are in the country illegally,” he said.
Massawe called on Kagera residents to collaborate with security officials during the operation.
Abbas Irovya, head of communications at the immigration department, told reporters last week that more than 21,000 immigrants have voluntarily left the Rukwa, Kigoma and Kagera regions and returned to their countries.