, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – Police mobility in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps is set to improve after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donated 43 fully equipped security vehicles.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, who received the vehicles at the CID training school in Nairobi Tuesday, said police will now be able to respond to any incident fast, in a bid to ensure the camps that host hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring countries remain safe and secure.
“They will help us boost our mobility very significantly in Kakuma and Dadaab even in the repatriation process,” he stated.
The vehicles were handed over to Boinnet by the UNHCR Country Representative Raouf Mazou.
With the increased numbers of police, he said more were set to deployed in the camps as well as other parts of the country, depending on the security threats posed.
Dadaab refugee camp is set to be closed after the Kenyan Government declared it as a breeding ground for the terrorists.
Intelligence reports indicate that most terror attacks in the country were planned from the camp, whose majority of refugees come from Somalia.
The ongoing voluntary repatriation, which started in 2013, has so far seen about 100,000 Somali refugees return to Somalia.
During the same period, only about 6,000 Somali refugees have been resettled to other countries.
The government has since extended the planned closure of the camp by six months following a request by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) commissioner Filippo Grandi, to May this year.