Tanzanian immigration authorities said on Thursday they have arrested 2,048 illegal immigrants in the east African country for attempting to register their names in the ongoing process of registering voters through biometric technology.
Abbas Irovya, the spokesman for the Immigration Department, told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that the illegal aliens took advantage of the biometric voter registration to get voter cards.
“It has come to our attention that illegal immigrants are registering their names and some have even managed to get voter cards,” said Irovya.
He said Kagera region situated on the border with Rwanda was leading with 708 registered illegal immigrants followed by Mara region bordering with Kenya with 619 registered illegal immigrants.
Irovya said Tanga region also bordering with Kenya had 348 illegal immigrants who had secured cards through the biometric voter registration followed by Kigoma region bordering with Burundi with 254 immigrants and Dar es Salaam with 65.
He warned that any illegal immigrant found registering as a Tanzanian voter will face penalty.
Reports indicated that 12,128 Rwandese and Burundians had showed up at various registration centers, out of whom over 4,000 managed to have their names in the register. Enditem