Government is pushing through parliament a bill that will see the judicial police being hired by the Immigration and Emigration department.
The Minister in the President’s Office, Solina Nyirahabimana told members of the Lower Chamber of parliament that to curb the number of criminals entering the country, there is need to include some judicial police officers to speed up investigations into any file that may be found suspicious.
Nyirahabimana also said that the new law will help determine who can or cannot be allowed entry into Rwanda.
Article 8 of the proposed law says that among those who may not be granted an entry visa are those with a “ substantial” criminal record, having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of six months or more and have not been rehabilitated.
Article 16 subsection 11 of the draft law also says that a foreigner may be deported if he or she “indulges in political activity that is contrary to national interest”.
Interestingly, the draft law also suggests that any foreigner involved in prostitution or constitutes a threat to other countries is also liable to deportation.
The toughest part within the new immigration and emigration law is article 16 which has 18 subsections detailing articles on deportation.