REPATRIATION OF SOMALI REFUGEES FROM KENYA UNCERTAIN, SAYS INTERIOR MINISTER

Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Joseph Nkaissery says the repatriation of Somali refugees from camps in Kenya is uncertain as the government, despite being determined to carry out the exercise, must adhere to United Nations conventions and protocols.

Nkaissery said over the weekend that although the government had made clear its stand on having the Somali refugees repatriated, dialogue on the matter was still ongoing.

He added that although the November expiry of the tripartite agreement between the Somalia government, the United Nations and the Kenyan government was drawing near, Kenya had to be satisfied that, Somalia, the host country, was adequately prepared to receive its people.

Nkaissery, however, noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta would next month lead a Kenyan delegation to the UN General Assembly where modalities of the repatriation process would be discussed, with the hope that Kenya’s stand on the issue would be supported.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK