Details have emerged on how 8 Pakistani dancers who were arrested at Bella Bella club found their way into the country and engaged in suspicious activities in a human trafficking scandal that has so far roped in Sports CS Rashid Achesa.

The government has confirmed that the deportation of 8 Pakistani dancers who reportedly jetted into the country with the authority of Sports CS Rashid Achesa but who ended up engaging in suspicious activities.

The ladies were brought in by the proprietors of the club- Shaikh Furqan Hussain and Karan Ekdum – both nationalised Kenyans of Pakistani origin to be the performance on New Year’s eve between August and December of 2018.

Reports indicate that the dancers-all aged above 18 accessed the country on tourist visas but ended up engaging in questionable activities, eventually being arrested at the club where they were preparing to perform.

Of interest is that within 4 months, the dancers had regularized their stay, with Hussein and Edkum aiding them in obtaining special immigration passes and paving way for them to ply their controversial trade.

Sports CS Rashid Achesa who has been linked to human trafficking investigations of 8 female Pakistani dancers
Sports CS Rashid Achesa who has been linked to human trafficking investigations of 8 female Pakistani dancers

An immigration official familiar with the process disclosed although the special passes issued to the Pakistanis might be valid, the correct procedure to issue them may not have been followed. 

Controversial club and Achesa drawn into investigations

The circumstance under which the passes were issued are now part of investigations and court proceedings that has roped in the CS with lawyer Evans Ondieki (representing the dancers) insisting that the ladies were allowed to enter into the country by none other than Mr Echesa after paying Immigration Department Sh45,000 to be issued with the special passes.

“What government are the Police serving and what government is Mr Echesa serving. Aren’t they serving the same regime,” the lawyer asked.

The club made headlines six months ago after a similar raid led to the arrest of several Nepalese dancers in what the DCI described as human trafficking syndicate.

File image of Nepalese strippers who were arrested in June 2018
File image of Nepalese strippers who were arrested in June 2018

Dancers linked to CS Achesa deported

The 8 who were arrested at Balle Balle club in what is suspected to be a human trafficking ring that has seen the CS named in investigations were flown out of the country yester night.

A statement from the Ministry of Interior Saturday stated that the women had been deported for violating regulation 26 (3) of of Kenya Citizenship and Migration regulations, by engaging in activities outside of what was specified in their entry documents.

“Some have already left and last batch will leave at midnight.” Added the statement.

Interior spokeswoman Wangui Muchiri stated that "Investigations are still going on to establish the circumstances in which the women came into Kenya ostensibly to promote transnational culture but ended up in suspicious places”.