- The trend of foreign beggars on Kenyan streets seems to be gaining currency.
- Defence lawyer Moses Leteipa confirmed that his clients had no documentations.
- The court directed that the two be deported to Tanzanian as soon as is practically possible.
The arrest, prosecution and deportation of two Tanzanian nationals has unmasked a ring which supplies the streets with foreign beggars and profits from the proceeds from the unsuspecting public.
On Monday evening, Emmanuel Masabuko – a disabled man – and his handler, Deus Peter, were brought before Bomet Senior Resident Magistrate Kipkirui Kibowen and charged with being in Kenya illegally.
On their own admission of guilt, the two were convicted and police and officials of the Immigration Department were ordered to immediately deport them to their country of origin.
It also emerged that the two did not have any identification documents on them by the time they were arrested last Friday evening at the Bomet market.
The arrest of the two and the subsequent deportation orders unmasked a cartel of Tanzanian nationals using their physically challenged relatives and friends to solicit money on Kenyan streets.
The trend of foreign beggars on Kenyan streets seems to be gaining currency in the country.
Officers had established that the two were not Kenyans but foreigners on a begging mission, with the disabled man being used as a sympathy bait to lure people to give out money in what is a wider scheme to “rob the innocent of their money without firing a shot”.
“Before pouncing on them, security officers who were on the case had established that they were not Kenyans and, apart from not having identification documents with them, they also had no permit to enter the country,” said State Prosecutor Patriciah Kariuki.
Defence lawyer Moses Leteipa confirmed that his clients had no documentations and that they had been misled into entering the country in the belief that there was a free movement of residents within the East Africa Community.
“I pray to this court to be lenient on the accused persons who are remorseful for being in the country illegally. They undertake return to their country of origin and are amenable to deportation orders should the court deem [it] fit,” said Mr Leteipa.
Mr Leteipa further said, “They have not been in contact with Tanzanian authorities or any of their nationals within Kenya. As such, they cannot raise any fine if they are slapped with [the same.”