Adelaide Moyo Chronicle Reporter
POLICE have arrested a man from Victoria Falls after he allegedly assisted eight Ugandans illegally cross into the country and hid them at his house in a suspected human trafficking incident.
They raided a house in Mkhosana on Saturday where 34-year-old Misheck Ncube was allagedly harbouring the eight Ugandans – Khauka Mtwalib, 56, Kivumbu Michael, 36, Kuvumbi Amon, 28, Boola Suluiman, 23, Khauka Muhammed, 24, Namoso Gofry, 29, Nabugwere Dian, 29, and Namono Ramula, 29.
They are all from Mbali and were arrested at Ncube’s house on Saturday.
The eight were charged with failure to report to an immigration officer when they appeared separately before Victoria Falls resident magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa.
Ncube was yesterday charged with assisting another person to enter into the country without a permit. He and the eight Ugandans were not asked to plead and were remanded in custody to today.
The eight had passports but did not present them for stamping at the Victoria Falls Border Post on Thursday last week.
Prosecuting, Takunda Ndovorwi told the court that on Thursday last week at around 10PM Ncube proceeded to Victoria Falls Border Post to pick the Ugandans.
“He went to cut out a fence where he led eight Ugandans, who came from Zambia, through and proceeded to Victoria Falls through a bushy area before accommodating them at his residential place,” the prosecutor said.
The court was told that on January 2, 2016 at around 12AM police detectives received a tip-off that the accused was accommodating foreigners at his rented house.
“Upon receiving the information they proceeded to Ncube’s house where they found Mtwalib, Michael, Amon, Suluiman, Muhammad, Namoso, Dian and Ramula.
“They were asked to produce their travelling documents and when police discovered that their passports were not stamped they arrested them,” Ndovorwi said.