Repatriation of refugees by November uncertain

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By Christine Muchira

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, says the repatriation of Somali refugee faces uncertainty as the government, despite being determined to carry out the exercise, must adhere to United Nations conventions and protocols.

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

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

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

The CS was speaking at Kimana town in Loitoktok during the homecoming party of a Kajiado Jubilee gubernatorial hopeful, Daniel Livindo.

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