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40 foreign tourists arrested after being spotted begging in Mombasa

40 foreign tourists from Jordan were arrested after being spotted begging in the streets in Mombasa.

40 Jordanian tourists were arrested by Mombasa police after they were seen begging on the streets.

The tourists were reportedly seen begging on the streets of Old Town and Marikiti Market on Thursday in order to raise funds for their trip to Nairobi.

A tip from the locals led to the arrest, according to Mr. Maxwell Agoro, the Mvita Sub-county Police Commander, who confirmed the arrest.

Despite having legitimate tourist visas, the foreigners—19 adults and 21 kids—begged in violation of the requirements of their travel credentials, which resulted in their arrest, according to Agoro.

“Upon finding them the police escorted them to the Central police station for interrogation. They were found to be going against the regulation of the visa by converting themselves to beggars as opposed to being tourists,” he said speaking to Nation.

Mr. Agoro further said that preliminary investigations revealed that the 40 were on their way to Eastleigh in Nairobi and had to beg to raise funds for their travel.

The foreign tourists will now be forwarded to the immigration office for further processing.

Meanwhile, they are being held at the Coast Regional Police Headquarters where they are being interrogated.

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