By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent
EIGHT Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals were arrested for evading border authorities, before sneaking into the country.
The Congolese appeared at Chinhoyi Magistrates Court for contravening the Immigration Act, pertaining to “an alien shall not enter, be or remain in Zimbabwe unless he/she is in possession of a permit permitting to enter, be or remain in Zimbabwe.”
They are, namely; Elvis Kikala Kimvula, Nyota Aminata, Masara Ikra, Eale Bolodjwa, Lama Moise, Bilonda Christina Tshiani, Dimbi Widi and Nananga Makanzu Mague, all whose ages were not given.
Regional magistrate, Ignatius Mugova fined six of the $2 500 each, failure of which they would spend 10 days imprisonment. Moise and Tshiani were warned, cautioned, and discharged.
The state case was the Congolese nationals entered the country on November 17, 2021, aboard a Bolt Cutter bus through the Chirundu Border Post, where they did not present themselves to immigration authorities.
It was heard in court on the same day, police detectives got a tip-off to the effect there were illegal immigrants on a Bolt Cutter coach registration number API 1141 travelling from Chirundu heading towards Harare.
At around 3 pm, the cops intercepted the bus at the 122km peg along the highway, before quizzing the eight illegal immigrants who failed to produce valid permits or passports.
This led to their arrest and detention after a warrant of detention was sought.