A large police operation in shanty towns around three of Zambia's largest cities has resulted in the arrest of more than 3,5000 illegal immigrants - including many from Rhodesia, Tanzania and Zaire - and the recovery of stolen property worth several hundred thousand pounds.
TGV PAN Lusaka, Zambian capital
SV INTERIOR Home Affairs Minister Wilted Phiri (at left) being interviewed and replies, with overlaid scenes of Kanyama township, general views and shots of slums (21 shots)
MANDO: "Minister Phiri. The clean-up operation, at least as far as we know ordinarily, has gone very well. But in your own words, what would you say about its successes?"
PHIRI: "The exercise was primarily aimed at finding various aliens that are here illegally. Now this was not the (INDISTINCT) I must say that the aim is really to try to reduce the rate of crime that has worried not only members of the public, but the party and government as well. So the exercise was organised from times back as a move at curbing the rate of crime. Now in the process of the operation we are able to find a number of things. For instance we were able to find on persons, or near the houses of those persons, something in the order of 50,000 Kwacha. Now this is money that the people were keeping in their houses for which they could not explain how they obtained this money and in addition to things like money we were able also to find arms, firearms, which people were holding without proper licences and on top of this we were also able to find a number of (INDISTINCT), spare parts of various vehicles, motor vehicles themselves that have been stolen. A number of items and I think that from this aspect one would say this operation was a success. The total number of the people who were rounded up in the operation clean-up is about 3,5000 as I stated previously. Now out of this, about 1,7000 have already been repatriated."
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Background: A large police operation in shanty towns around three of Zambia's largest cities has resulted in the arrest of more than 3,5000 illegal immigrants - including many from Rhodesia, Tanzania and Zaire - and the recovery of stolen property worth several hundred thousand pounds.
SYNOPSIS: Police moved into the townships around Lusaka, Ndola and Kabwe and carried out house to house searches with army assistance. Charles Mando of Zambia Broadcasting Services asked the Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Wilted Phiri about the operation's success.