Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Palamagamba Kabudi on Friday advised Ethiopian authorities to find out reasons behind the migration of its citizens to other countries, including to Tanzania.
Kabudi made the advice during talks with Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu on the sidelines of the 36th ordinary session of the African Union Executive Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to a statement issued by the Tanzanian foreign ministry.
“The Ethiopian authorities should work hard to find why its people are illegally migrating to other countries en masse and find ways of controlling the malpractice,” Kabudi was quoted as saying.
On Thursday, Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the freeing and repatriation of foreign prisoners, including 1,451 Ethiopians serving jail terms in the country. The president said the move was aimed at reducing congestion in the overcrowded prisons.
“More than 1,300 Ethiopian illegal immigrants are serving jail terms in Tanzania and the number of illegal immigrants from Ethiopia is on the increase, congesting the country’s prisons,” the statement said.
For his part, Gebeyehu admitted that a good number of Ethiopians were illegally leaving the country through Tanzania.
He said Ethiopia will take stringent measures aimed at controlling the exodus of its citizens to other countries. Enditem