Speaking to journalists yesterday, Dodoma Regional Police Commander, Gilles Muroto said the immigrants were under escort of two Tanzanians who were also arrested.
“We got information about the group of people from Holili border point, we laid a trap and finally arrested them at Chenene area in Dodoma Region” said the RPC.
He said their hosts put them inside a lorry, covering them with boxes in efforts to deceive officers that the lorry had boxes of water.
He named those who were transporting them as Aloise Mvungi (34) resident of Pasua and his assistant Emmanuel Sambara (39), resident of Majengo in Kilimanjaro.
The RPC said the immigrants were found with 5.4 million/-, adding that intelligent information showed that they were on transit from Holili through Dodoma Region to Mbeya Region on their way to South Africa.
“I urge all residents of the region to be watchful for illegal immigrants that are increasingly becoming a major problem in the region,” he said, urging them to report any of such cases.
Talking while handcuffed before the journalists, the driver of the truck, Saramba said he was hired by the immigrants but he did not know it was unlawful to ferry such group of people.
Dodoma Regional Immigration Officer, Peter Kundy while speaking at the same press conference noted that according to Immigration Act 2005, penalty for illegal immigration is 500,000/- or six months imprisonment.
He explained that anybody found guilty of transporting illegal immigrants faces a fine of 20 million/- or twenty years in jail or both.
Last week police in Dodoma arrested two female illegal immigrants from Rwanda. They are Angelina Motoni (26) and Uwamalia Solanje (23).
Briefing reporters yesterday here, the Regional Police Commander (RPC) Gilles Muroto said the duo was nabbed by police on 28 February evening at Mtera check point, in Mpwapwa District.
"They were arrested in Mitsubishi Fuso truck with registration number T.442 CVK. We are holding also the driver of the said vehicle, Beda Santa (32), a resident of Iringa Region.
RPC Muruto detailed that following the ongoing special crackdown against a spate of crimes in the capital city, Police have also arrested at least 20 street children for committing different forms of robberies in the municipality.
He added that the group of miners were also engaging in using cannabis sativa as well as sniffing of glue.
"In recent days there has emerged a serious theft of site mirrors, wheel covers, wipers and other key vehicle accessories, engineered by a gang of notorious street children in the municipality,"
"We are not in any position to tolerate such poor and evil practices. And this, is due to failure by some parents in accomplishing their parental roles, forcing their children to flee their homes to the street to commit more robberies," he pointed out.
RPC Muroto said apart from Dodoma, preliminary investigations by police have revealed that the children in question are from different regions, including Mwanza, Kigoma, Tabora, Singida and Manyara.