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Tanzania deports 71 Kenyans and prohibits five others never to set foot in the country

According to the immigration officer many of the aliens were married to Tanzanians.

The Kilimanjaro Immigration Office in northern Tanzania said 94 aliens would only be allowed back if they follow the law.

They include 71 Kenyans, seven Rwandans, seven Congolese, five Ethiopians, two Ugandans, a Somalia and a Nigerian.

“We discovered that some immigrants entered the country in 1972 and had been living [here] unlawfully. We sent them back to their countries and if they intend to return to Tanzania they should follow procedures,” Mr Albert Rwelamira, the Kilimanjaro Immigration boss, said.

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Speaking to journalists in Moshi on Tuesday, Mr Rwelamira said the crackdown on illegal immigrants was launched last year.

Annually thousands of Kenyans travel to Tanzania for business and leisure despite frosty relations between the two East Africa Community member states.

The Immigration office also declared 23 others prohibited immigrants.

Mr Rwelamira said the 23 were found to be criminals and include eight Ethiopians, seven Bangladeshis, five Kenyans, a Burundian, Ugandan and Nigerian.

Tanzania also awarded 3,681 migrants with resident identifications.

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