Two Congolese men hawking jewelry arrested in Bondo

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Two Congolese men are in custody at the Bondo Police Station for being in the country illegally.

Jackson Kamiot, 22, and Asili Nyankozi, 21, were found hawking jewelry at Wagusu Trading Center in West Migwena sub-location.

According to the area assistant chief William Oreme, they had no valid documents allowing them to be in the Kenya.

Speaking on Ramogi FM on Thursday, Oreme noted that only one of them had a passport which expired in August.

The other one did not have any identification document.

Upon further interrogation, one of the foreigners claimed that he thought his passport was to expire in January 2020.

They two are to be arraigned in court to face charges of being in the country illegally.

According to the Immigration Act The Immigration Act Chapter 172, a prohibited immigrant is a person who, upon entering or seeking to enter Kenya, fails to produce a valid passport to an immigration officer on demand or within such time as that officer may allow.

“Subject to this section, the presence in Kenya of any person who is not a citizen of Kenya shall, unless otherwise authorized under this Act, be unlawful,” it states.

The law further says that where a person is brought before a court as being unlawfully present in Kenya, and the court is informed that an application to the Minister for an order under this section has been made or is about to be made, the court may order that such person be detained in prison or in police custody for a period not exceeding fourteen days, pending a decision by the Minister.

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