NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – The government has given the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) three months to relocate refugees from the Dadaab refugee camp.
This comes after the Garissa University College terror attack that claimed 148 lives.
Deputy President William Ruto while speaking in Nyeri on Saturday said clearing of the refugee camp will allow the security forces in Kenya to deal with elements of terror from within.
“We have asked the UNHCR to relocate the refugees in three months failure to which we shall relocate them ourselves,” he warned.
Ruto disclosed that the government had held discussions with UNHCR and asked them to relocate the camp that currently houses more than 600,000 refugees back to Somalia.
He said security issues should not be politicised, and that we Kenyans must stand together to fight the war against terror.
The Deputy President assured that Kenya will change the way the US changed after the 9/11 terror attack.
He also announced that fencing of the Kenya-Somalia border had begun.
“No politics, no games, no half measures should apply as the death of the 147 students must touch all Kenyans,” he said.
The porous Kenya Somalia border has come under fire as one of the factors hindering the fight against the Somalia based Al-Shabaab who has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that have rocked Kenya in the past two years.
Ruto however warned terrorists and their collaborators that their time was up and that the government will apply all measures and security apparatus at its disposal to secure the country.
The Deputy President at the same time asked all leaders in the country to support government’s efforts in fighting terrorism saying all Kenyans must stand up to be counted in the war against the Al-Shabaab and other terror groups.
Similar sentiments were expressed by several Members of Parliament who accompanied him.
The leaders led by Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua Senator Mutahi Kagwe and 15 MPs urged the government to relocate the refugee camp.
Senator Kagwe said the government should use maximum force when dealing with terrorists.
The MPs further urged Muslim leaders to assist the government in arresting the collaborators of Al Shabaab within their communities.