A Nigerian woman, Edigin Vivian, was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday in Tanzania alongside a Kenyan woman, Josephine Mumbi Waithera after being found guilty of trafficking drugs worth Sh289 million.
According to Daily Post, Justice Aishiel Sumari convicted Vivian of trafficking 797.56 grams of cocaine worth Sh39.8 million, through Kilimanjaro International Airport, KIA.
The judge said the prosecution had proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused had 15 capsules filled with cocaine in her luggage, and had swallowed 48 others, which she later passed out
Vivian who plans to appeal said she carried the drugs because life had become too tough for her and she had four children to cater for.
Josephine Mumbi Waithera, Kenyan woman who was arrested in November 2012 at KIA on arrival from Vienna, Austria with 3,249.82 grammes of heroin with a street value of Sh146.2 million was also sentenced.
According to the judge, the sentences would serve as a deterrent to others, stressing that hard drugs has become a scourge that is destroying society and no effort should be spared in fighting against the menace.
In November 2015, a Nigerian pastor, Chukwudi Okechukwu was also arrested in Tanzania and sentenced to 30-year imprisonment after being convicted of smuggling cocaine worth Sh3.1 billion.
The pastor who preached in Tanzania under his auspices was jailed along his accomplices, South African Stan Hycent and Pakistani Shoaib Mohammad Ayazi. The Judge, Amir Mruma also ordered the accused to pay Sh9 billion in fines. Anti-narcotics police believe that the preacher is one of the top members of a drug syndicate operating in Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa.
Drug traffickers seem to be using Tanzania as a transit route for their illicit trade. According to report, Tanzania is one of five countries in the Southern African Development Community region implicated in illicit drug trafficking. In 2012 alone, more than 400 people were arrested in the country, and about 260kg of heroin and 151kg of cocaine were seized.
Thus, the country is taking every measure possible to ensure that those tainting her image are brought to book.