By Emmanuel Onyango
East African countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Southern Sudan have agreed to control the influx of influx of illegal immigrants in their respective countries.
The four countries agreed for more security in borders along Ethiopia and Eritrea where a large number of migrants passes through before entering the EA territories.
Home Affairs minister Mwigulu Nchemba said in parliament today during a question and answer session when clarifying a point on illegal immigrants directed to him by special seat Faharia Shomari Hamisi (CCM).
The legislator wanted to know what steps have been taken to curb the influx of immigrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Responding, the minister said he had attended a joint meeting organised by the EAC security representatives agreed to team up efforts to curb the increased influx of illegal immigrant in the EA region.
Iringa urban legislator Rev. Peter Msigwa (Chadema) also raised a question wanting to know plans by the government to deport Ethiopians jailed in various prisons for illegal entry into the country.
Responding, home affairs deputy minister Hamad Masauni said the government was taking necessary steps to transport them in shifts, depending on the availability of funds.
“The public need to help the government in revealing illegal immigrants in the country so that we can take appropriate measures against them,” he said.