(Pic. Daily News)

DAR ES SALAAM – The Immigration Department in the North-western TANZANIA region of KAGERA has arrested at least ONE-THOUSAND-470 illegal immigrants between JANUARY and JUNE this year.

KAGERA Regional Immigration Officer ABDALLAH TOWO has told a press conference the suspects include 994 BURUNDIANS, 223 UGANDANS, 193 RWANDESE, TWO KENYANS, 19 ETHIOPIANS, and 39 from the DRC.

The DAILY NEWS quotes him as saying they have prosecuted 59 people out of the ONE-THOUSAND-300 deported back home, and about 90 others who have completed their jail sentences have also been sent to their countries.

Mr TOWO says about FIVE-THOUSAND-787 BURUNDIANS from MTENDELI, NDUTA and NYARUGUSU Refugee camps in KIGOMA Region and a few others from RUMASI Transit Camp in NGARA District have returned home voluntarily.

He says about 491-THOUSAND-513 out of the expected ONE-MILLION-200-THOUSAND residents have registered to get national identity cards.

Mr TOWO also says they have issued about 64 e-passports after the launch kicked off on EIGHT JUNE this year.

TANZANIA rolled out the new electronic EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY Passport this JANUARY, to replace the existing national documents set to be phased out by JANUARY 2020.

President JOHN MAGUFULI witnessed the launch of the document, saying the e-passport will bring lasting solutions to a number of challenges associated with immigration services in the country.

The DAILY NEWS says the use of new technology in issuing passports is expected to seal all gaps that have been used by culprits to obtain illegal travel documents.

It says TANZANIA becomes the SECOND member country to roll out the e-passports after KENYA launched the document last SEPTEMBER, 17 years after discussions to develop it began.

The 35TH EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY Council of Ministers meeting last APRIL directed member states to start issuing the regional e-passport by JANUARY 2018.

The UNITED STATES-based HID Company installed the new technology to print the e-passport in TANZANIA, at a cost of about 58-MILLION US dollars, with support from the government of IRELAND./Sabanews/cam

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