Friday May 24, 2013 - Amnesty International has strongly opposed the plan by President Uhuru to repatriate Somali refugees back to their country.
Speaking in Nairobi yesterday during the release of the 2012 refugees report, Amnesty International Country Director, Justus Nyang’aya, said that the Kenyan Government cannot afford to force back refugees to Somalia when the county was still not safe enough.
He noted efforts by Uhuru and Ruto to get rid of the refugees were unjustified and against the UN rules to protect vulnerable persons fleeing from dangerous territories.
Both President Uhuru and Ruto have maintained that the presence of Somali refugees in Kenya was posing a big threat to the country’s security and has also overstretched Kenyan resources in taking care of them.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to table Somalia’s refugees issue before the AU summit in Addis Ababa, because it was no longer a Kenyan problem but the continent as a whole.
The Kenyan DAILY POST