Police arrest 26 Ethiopians holed up in a Eldoret hotel.

Police in Eldoret on Monday arrested 26 Ethiopians in a guest house for being unlawfully in Kenya.

The foreigners were arrested alongside a staff member of Solution Lounge Guest House.

The employee, who works as a cashier, was arrested on suspicion of harbouring the suspects in the guest house.


The suspects were arraigned in an Eldoret court immediately after their arrest. The court detained the suspects to allow police complete investigation.

Uasin Gishu County Commander Johnston Ipara who addressed the press on Monday, January 13, said the suspects were arrested at Solutions and lodging bar in West Indies in the outskirt of Eldoret town.

“Following a tip-off from the public our officers managed to arrest 26 people of Ethiopian nnationality who were brought in the country through illegally channels,” said Ipara.

Ipara warned those engaging in human trafficking of dare legal consequences should they be nabbed by the police.

William Ndune, who is attached to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, said the Ethiopians might be victims of human trafficking.

In his application before Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo, Mr Ndune requested the court to detain the suspects for eight days pending investigation.

Mr Ndune told the court that he needs time to verify authenticity of the suspects’ passports and other documents confiscated from them.

The Magistrate directed the suspects to be detained at Turbo Police Station until an interpreter is available.

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