CS Nkaissery: Court ruling on Daadab is null and void

By Kaltun Jama

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has termed as inconsequential a ruling by the court stopping the government from shutting down daadab refugee camp.

Nkaissery says the decision by the court will have little impact in the ongoing exercise as it was being done in an organized humane way to ensure all those living in the camp are relocated before it is officially shut down.

Speaking in Kajiado central, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said Kenya is a member state to the United Nations and is alive to its international obligations.

At the same time he says the exercise is being done humanely and there was no violation of human rights in the exercise.

The court on Thursday declared the repatriation of refugees unconstitutional and described it as discriminative.

Justice John Mativo of the High Court directed the government to adopt mechanisms that would ensure the department of refugees is functioning properly.

Responding to the ruling made on Thursday, Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the decision to close the camp was taken in the interest of national security which still remains a concern.

Last year Nkaissery announced the government was shutting down the camp by November 2016, citing security, environmental and economic concerns, and accused the international donors of doing little to support refugees.


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