Hatibu said that the aliens were arrested for in different places across the south-western Tanzania’s region of Mbeya.
“This follows one-week operation carried out in different places across Mbeya Region including mining sites,” he said.
According to him, illegal immigrants who have been arrested are from various countries including 18 Malawians, 15 Ethiopians, 7 from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 5 Zambians, 3 Chinese, 2 Rwandans and 1 Mozambican.
He, however, said that in the operation eight Tanzanians were arrested for employing aliens illegally.
Commenting on the arrest of 15 Ethiopians, Ulrich Matei, Mbeya Regional Police Commander said the aliens were arrested at Igawilo roadblock along the Tanzania-Malawi highway.
He said that the aliens were found while hidden in a lorry as they were heading to Malawi en route to South Africa.
Matei said that it’s illegal for an ordinary citizen to transport and provide the illegal immigrants with homes and employing them in any activities.
He encouraged Tanzanians to stop the practice of keeping illegal immigrants in their homes and that whoever will be found doing so legal action will be taken against them, including prosecution.
Tanzania is the main gateway for illegal immigrants particularly for those who are on the way to South Africa to seek for greener pastures.