A Kibera magistrate Grace Nzioka on Friday ordered 89 foreigners who were living in the country illegally to pay a fine of 10,000 shillings each and be deported immediately. The 89 Ethiopians who were arrested mid-week risk a jail sentence of 3 months should they fail to pay the fine and will be deported after serving the sentence. Nimrod Tabu reports.
Kenya: Manhunt for deported drugs
suspect; policeman and lover
Twenty-seven foreigners, mostly Nigerians, have been arrested in a swoop following the surreptitious return to Kenya of one of the suspected Nigerian drug traffickers deported to Nigeria last month.
Eneke Chimenze alias Anaeke Chimezie was deported together with the controversial Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu.
But officials said an immigration officer at the Namanga border point cleared him even after the border control database indicated that the man was a prohibited immigrant.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect.
The new director of Immigration Services, Ms Jane Waikenda, visited the the Namanga border post on Saturday where she warned officials that stern action would be taken against those involved.
Meanwhile, an Administration policeman and his alleged lover were murdered in Migori County on Friday night.
The naked bodies of the two were found lying on the roadside in the sugarbelt town of Awendo by residents.
The killers also took the AP’s AK47 rifle loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.
The woman was raped before being killed and both had their throats slit.
An officer investigating the incident who requested not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter said the AP had just left a night fundraiser in aid of a colleague who died in a road accident two weeks ago, when he was attacked.
“We are aware he was having an affair with the woman, but we are approaching the investigations with an open mind,” he said.
On Saturday, police officers cordoned off estates in Awendo Town in a bid to recover the stolen firearm.
Four suspects were arrested and were being interrogated in connection with the killings.
“The government apparatus should try their best and recover the firearm because it will be used to escalate insecurity in this region,” said Awendo Town resident Mr Joachim Oloo.
The bodies were moved to the Migori District Hospital mortuary.
Residents protested on Saturday over growing insecurity.
Those arrested on Tuesday night were from Sierra Leon, Nigeria, Ghana and Congo.
Yesterday, lawyer Cliff Ombeta said the suspects were rounded up from their houses in Nairobi and detained at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) ahead of their deportation.
“I am headed to the airport to see the ten foreigners being detained there before being deported,” said Ombeta.
He complained the suspects’ deportation was not procedural, adding some of them had pending criminal cases in court.
According to a letter AFO received from our reliable sources, Oromo refugees who were given refugee status and refugee ID card five years ago, are now in panic condition following their refugee status cards have been taken away and forced to deportation to Ethiopia without their willing. The UNHCR representatives in Sudan were asked on this matter and indicated that they “have entered into conflict with Sudanese authorities “because of this illegal deportation which violated international rules for refugees.” Oromo refugees living in Sudan who are subjected to deportation appealed to international community to put pressure on the Sudanese authorities to refrain from deporting Oromo refugees to the brutal regime of Ethiopia they escaped from.
Refugees in Punt land (Somalia) also faced a similar situation. According a report by VOL, the radio program of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) broadcast of May 13, 2010, “among 40 Oromo refugees who were to be deported to Ethiopia, three Oromos have been killed by Punt land government forces, three others were severely wounded, three others have managed to escape, and all the remaining have been forcefully deported.” AFO has corroborated the authenticity of the news of VOL from independent sources.
Oromo refugees in Kenya live under uncertain conditions. The Kenyan authorities have repeatedly deported Oromo refugees who have escaped persecution back to the Ethiopian government without their consent. In a letter AFO received from Kenya, an Oromo refugee who have been forcefully deported and tortured explains his situation as follows. “My name is Legesse Angessa. Me and some of our friends were released from prison in 2004 by the help of UN personnel and sent to Dhadhab refugee camp. While we were living in Dhadhab, I was abducted from the camp together with my friend whose name is Teklu Balcha Dhinsa, now in Kalitti prison, and deported to Ethiopia. We were transferred to several prisons and severely tortured. Finally, I managed to escape from Ethiopian prison and now I live in Kenya again. While Kenya is supposed to protect the safety of refugees, I am a living testimony that the Ethiopian intelligence and armed personnel freely move in Kenya and abduct any person without any question. I still live in fear in Kenya.”
In 2007 two Oromo refugees Tesfahun Chemeda and Mesfin Abebe were abducted from Nairobi, Kenya, and deported to Ethiopia. Both of them were legal refugees registered by UNHCR in Kenya. Their whereabouts remained unknown until October 2008 during which they were taken to Ethiopian court. They were convicted by the the Ethiopian Kangaroo court on March 31, 2010 together with 13 other Oromo civilians by fabricated charges of having relations with the OLF. Mesfin Abdissa is convicted to death and Tesfahun Chemeda is convicted to life.
Advocacy for Oromia (AFO)