NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta says the decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp was driven by national security interests.
The Head of State made the sentiments during a meeting with members of the United Nations Security Council at State House, Nairobi where they discussed Kenya’s decision to close the camp at length.
Sources have told Capital FM News that the decision by the government to close down the camp still stands and will not be reversed.
During the talks, the UN Security Council members were led by their current President who is also the Egyptian Envoy to the UN, Abdellatif Aboulatta
The talks come in the wake of the formation of a 14-member taskforce – the National Taskforce on Repatriation of Refugees – whose role is to develop modalities, timelines and costs for the repatriation of refugees in Kenya.
The body is also tasked with the setting up of refugee management and control strategies, during the period of repatriation.
The President and the diplomats from the 15-member Security Council also held lengthy discussions on the situation in Somalia and the work of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) whose troop contributing countries are Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
According to a statement from State House, AMISOM has considerably degraded the capability of Al-Shabaab and liberated large areas previously held by the group. Somalia is now safer than it has ever been in 25 years.
The statement further revealed that AMISOM faces several challenges one of them in particular being the absence of troops in the Gedo region.