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UN, Government in anti-terror pact

BUSIA
By | August 6th 2011

By PETER ATSIAYA

The United Nations has partnered with the Government to protect Kakuma refugee camp against invasion by terrorist agents purporting to be refugees.

The security awareness programme launched at the camp in Turkana County will help check on terrorism activities and other acts of lawlessness.

Turkana West District Commissioner Patrick Muriira said the security measure was targeting refugees from war torn Somalia.

"There have been fears that refugees fleeing war torn Somali might be used by terrorists to promote their activities in the camp. This is why we have partnered with the UN to put in place measures that would guard against such criminal acts," Mr Muriira said. He said under the programme, all the refugees would be trained on the Kenyan laws.

"We realised 90 per cent of the refugees do not understand Kenyan laws. That is why we want to educate them," said the DC.

He said among the key issues they train refugees on include sexual offences and drug peddling, which are common vices in the camp.

"Sexual violence and drug peddling cases are on the increase in the camp because refugees do not know the law would not spare those involved," he added.

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