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Ethiopian immigrants arrested in police lorry plead guilty

Seventy eight Ethiopians who were arrested in a police lorry in Meru were sentenced to three months or a fine of Sh50,000 each before repatriation for being found in the country illegally.

However, two other suspects were not able to take their plea because they were sick.

The 78 immigrants pleaded guilty with the aid of an interpreter and asked for forgiveness.

They said they have been on the road for 15 days and were heading to South Africa in search of jobs.

The Ethiopians appeared before Maua magistrate Oscar Wanyaga.

Sergeant William Kipchirchir of the Anti Stock Theft Unit in Sololo, Marsabit, was also arraigned before a Maua Law Court.

He was charged with transporting 80 Ethiopians to an unknown destination.

He was remanded until August 31 when he will appear in court.

His accomplice, the driver, is said to have escaped after the vehicle was flagged down by police officers