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5 Ugandans jailed for being in Kenya illegally

08 April 2015, 15:24 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Five Ugandans who were arrested for staying in Kenya illegally have been sentenced to one year in prison for lack of identification documents and planning to commit a felony.

The aliens could not communicate in Kiswahili and preferred to use their mother tongue and English which they are well versed with in court.

They were sentenced to 12 months in prison after failing to raise a fine of KES 50 000 each and be repatriated back to their country.

The suspects were nabbed at a Kimilili town guest house after they were overheard by the management communicating on phone about some mission they had been hired to conduct.

Kimilili resident magistrate, George Sagero sentenced the five saying that with the current security situation in the country. it is improper for foreigners to be in the country without proper identification documents or without going through the right channels at the border points to access other East African countries.

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“The suspects seem to have used illegal means to get to Kenya and as a court, we cannot allow this because our country is currently suffering from insecurity brought about by terrorists and we cannot take their availability in the country without proper documentation for granted,” said the magistrate.

All the five suspects; Stephen Buyera, Stephen Wanada, Timothy Mango, Peter Binayo and Stephen Washeru pleaded guilty to the charges saying they had come to the country for their sister's dowry negotiation in Kimilili but arrived late in town and had to book a place to sleep.

The five are believed to have accessed the country through the Lwakhakha border and were arrested after the police were tipped by members of the public who suspected them to be armed but when they were arrested they were not armed with any weapon.

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