Atleast 56 Ugandan migrants were today May 2, arrested in Nakuru County over suspected human trafficking.
- More than 56 Ugandan Migrants arrested in Nakuru- Kenya
- The migrants were heading to Ethiopia for a religious meeting
- The migrants got arrested due to lack of proper travel documents
Police reports indicated that the foreigners were on transit to Nyamatong, Ethiopia for prayers at a religious event.
The Ugandan nationals were arrested for lack of travel documents and being in the country illegally.
According to Nakuru East Deputy County Commissioner Were Simiyu reported that the Ugandan foreigners did not have proper travel documents despite being on an international trip.
“Police officers on patrol arrested the Uganda nationals in Nakuru because they lacked proper clearance documents from the Immigration department,” Simiyu told news reporters.
One of the suspects Isaac Adile, revealed that they had left Eastern Uganda on Sunday, April 30, 2023, and got stranded at the Nakuru bus terminus after they ran out of money.
“We were waiting for our pastor, Isaac to send us additional money to facilitate our journey to Ethiopia for evangelism under Christ Disciples Church for a week before returning to Uganda,” he narrated.
Simiyu narrated that police became suspicious of the group of foreigners after learning they could not express themselves clearly in Kiswahili.
He added that police will only allow them to proceed with their journey once they produce proper travel papers. Among the arrested were 26 minors and 30 adults.
Nationals of East African Community (EAC) member states do not need a visa to enter Kenya or Uganda and may also enter using a national ID card in place of their passport.
According to the Immigration Department, it’s better for travelers to double-check that they have all the necessary documentation, including their passport, visa, and yellow fever vaccination certificate.