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State warns of stern action against rogue refugees

By | June 21st 2009

By Mutinda Mwanzia and Anne Kanina

The Government has warned refugees who engage in crime their days are numbered.Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’ said some people were also masquerading as refugees to commit crime.

"I personally want to caution them very loudly that we will deal with them firmly," said Kajwang’.

He urged refugees to register with the Government so they can obtain recognition and protection.

"Every person has a right to a decent life and our Government will try its best to address the challenges of hosting refugees," he said.

He said congestion at refugee camps was a challenge and affected the environment.

Robbed motorists

Kajwang’ was speaking at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre during the World Refugee Day, yesterday.

Immigration Assistant Minister Francis Baya and PS Emmanuel Kisombe were also present.

Kajwang’ caused laughter when he revisited his days in exile between 1980-82 in Uganda. "As fate would have it, I am now the minister in-charge of refugees. I truly understand their plight."

He said the country receives 300 refugees daily because of the conflict in neighbouring countries. He asked the international community to speedily work for the stability of Somalia.

"The international community should not give up on Somalia. They should find a lasting solution to the country’s problems," he said.

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