State launches operation against illegal foreigners

Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata. [Maarufu Mohamed,Standard]

There is soon going to be a crackdown on illegal migrants suspected or running illegal trade cartels at the coast.

Coast regional commissioner John Elung'ata said the foreigners loved Mombasa town, with some, especially from Europe, being fugitives with Kenyan documents acquired fraudulently.

Some reports have linked foreigners from Asia, Europe, West and Central Africa to trade in narcotics, smuggling, human trafficking as well as pornography and sex trade in tourist resort towns.

Elung'ata said his officers and those from the immigration department would lead an operation to weed out illegal migrants, especially those who got into the country on a tourist visa but decided to overstay. "We have many illegal migrants hiding within the county and most are engaging in illegal businesses. We will make sure all of them are arrested and taken back to their countries," Elung'ata said.

A Tanzanian accused of shooting movies without permit was deported.

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Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata