President Kenyatta, President Obama discuss repatriation of refugees

 By KBC Reporter

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reassured US President Barack Obama that Kenya is not vacating her international obligations by repatriating Somali refugees.

In a telephone conversation President Kenyatta reiterated the process of sending the immigrants back home will be done in an orderly and humane manner and urged the U.S. to continue assisting Somalia secure her territory.

The discussion between the two heads of state coming at time when the government is undertaking sensitization workshops for the multi-agency team tasked with overseeing the process.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho says the recent voluntary repatriation of five thousand Somali refugees is a good indication of possible success.

The government has already contributed one billion shillings for the repatriation exercise which is 19 billion short of the budget.

Kibicho called on the international community to support the initiative to ensure all refugees are settled back in their respective countries.

Dadaab which is the largest refugee complex in the world hosting over 500, 000 refugees is expected to be closed by the end of November 2016.


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