A Kenyan man, Moses Makari, created a commotion at a Magistrate Court in Isoka, Northeastern Zambia, when he unexpectedly stripped naked and attempted to escape after being brought before the court.
The incident unfolded on Thursday morning when Makari was apprehended for failing to appear at the immigration offices to address inquiries about his stay in Zambia.
According to Zambian Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga, Makari, a detainee transferred from the Isoka Correctional Facility to the court, took off his clothes and made a swift escape from the parked vehicle upon arrival at the destination.
In response, law enforcement officers promptly pursued him, causing a spectacle that left onlookers in disbelief.
Despite his efforts to flee, the officers managed to apprehend Makari. Unfortunately, during the pursuit, he sustained two deep cuts on his right leg after stumbling over metal sheets. He was quickly transported to a nearby hospital for necessary medical attention.
After receiving the required medical treatment, Makari was subsequently transferred to Isoka Police Station, where he will remain in custody pending his upcoming court hearing. It is important to note that Kenyan residents visiting Zambia are required to possess a valid passport, and depending on the purpose of their travel, they may also need to obtain permits. A valid passport is essential regardless of the length of the stay.
As per the Immigration and Deportation Act of 1965, individuals without a valid permit in Zambia may face arrest, detention, and deportation by immigration officers.
Reasons for deportation may include noncompliance with temporary permit regulations and posing a potential threat to the citizens of Zambia. Individuals notified to leave Zambia are provided information about the authorized departure process and the timeframe for exiting before government intervention.