281 refugees transferred back to camps

April 19, 2014 1:05 pm
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Interior Ministry said 111 refugees were transported from Kasarani on Thursday in four buses provided by the government/XINHUA FILE
Interior Ministry said 111 refugees were transported from Kasarani on Thursday in four buses provided by the government/XINHUA FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 19 – The government has transferred 281 refugees from Nairobi to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in the last two days.

In a press statement, the Interior Ministry said 111 refugees were transported from Kasarani on Thursday in four buses provided by the government.

The statement pointed out that the second group left the same venue on Friday in six buses in a ceremony which was observed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku.

“In line with Government policy to have refugees settled only in gazetted refugee camps, 281 refugees have been transferred from Nairobi to refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma in the last two days,” the statement by the Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka stated.

Njoka said that the directive requiring refugees to be settled strictly in gazetted refugee camps that conform to local and international laws governing refugee affairs.

“The directive was given by the CabinetSecretaryon25thMarch this year following the gazettement of designated areas for holding refugees as per Section16 (2) of the RefugeeAct2006 and Article2 of the 1951 Geneva Convention,” he said.

“Every refugee has duties to the country in which he finds himself and which require in particular that he conform to its laws and regulations as well as to measures taken for the maintenance of public order,” he pointed out.

He indicated that the directive was not targeting particular groups of refugees but all refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya.

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