Source: The Star (Nairobi)
The Tanzanian High Commission in Nairobi has denied its country’s Operation Timua Wageni is a move to free up jobs for locals.
The High Commission told the Star on Friday the operation that began this month is routine enforcement of the Tanzanian Immigration Act of 1995 and does not target any nationality.
“What I can tell you is that this is not something new. It has always been there,” said an official who did not want to be identified because he is not authorised to speak to the press.
The government has launched a crackdown on foreign nationals who do not have both work and residence permits.
Only 680 foreigners have work permits, according to the country’s immigration department and only 66 have applied for residence permits.