Eight students of Somali origin nabbed at Malaba border
06 August 2015, 15:23
Busia - Ugandan police are holding eight Kenyan students of Somali origin who sneaked into the country through Malaba border alleging that they were heading to Canada.
The students from different schools in Nairobi had original documents including identification cards (ID) but their motive of abandoning their education has not been established.
It was not immediately established who was trying to sneak the students out of the country and the motive behind the whole syndicate.
Reliable sources revealed that police in Busia Kenya are following up the matter with their Ugandan counterparts.
A senior security officer at the Busia police station who spoke to journalists on Thursday morning on condition of anonymity revealed that Anti-Terror police and Criminal investigation officers from Busia Kenya had crossed into Uganda to interrogate the students before they were handed over to immigration office for further verification.
Also, it has been revealed that parents of some of the students have reported the matter to different police stations in Nairobi.
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"We received information on Wednesday that eight Kenyan students of Somali origin were arrested in Uganda after sneaking into the country through the Malaba border in Busia County," the police officer revealed.
Meanwhile, police officers in Busia have launched a crackdown on all Ugandan vehicles which have been operating in the area without valid documents.
Busia County police Commander, Halima Abdi said that the one week crackdown is aimed at fishing out Kenyans who have been operating Ugandan vehicles without obtaining the required documents from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
Abddi said that according to the law, Kenyans who purchase vehicles from Uganda are given one week to drive freely and an additional three months in which they are supposed to do official registration of number plates.
"Our investigations have revealed that some Kenyans who buy vehicles from the neighbouring Uganda have been putting Kenyan registration number plates on their vehicles illegally as one way of evading tax, with the help of some experts who are involved in the syndicate," Abdi stated.
The police boss said that those found violating the law will be prosecuted.
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