The President of the Republic of Tanzania, Dr John Chapombe Magufuli has ordered all refugees residing in Tanzania to freely pack their belongings and head back home.
This order comes after he met with his counter-part Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza who assured him that his country has stabilised and all Burundians outside the country should return home and help to rebuild the nation.
President Nkurunziza was in Ngara district on a one day working tour and was welcomed by President John Magufuli who later agreed on the repatriation of the refugees.
According to media reports from the East African country, says that President John Magufuli has since suspended temporarily the registration and naturalisation of Burundian refugees so that they can start their preparations of going back to Burundi.
“It’s not that I am expelling Burundian refugees but I am just advising them to voluntarily return home as I have been assured by my counter-part that the country is stable.”, said Magufuli.
Dr Magufuli directed the Home Affairs Ministry to stop issuing citizenships to Burundian refugees, agreeing with his Burundian counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza that the previously troubled East African nation is politically stable.
He further urged Burundians to remain in their country to help in building a better nation.
Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said here were about 247,000 Burundians in refugee camps in Kigoma region, noting that between 2006 and 2007, some 160,000 Burundians were granted citizenship and the number has since increased to 200,000.
Dr John Chapombe Magufuli reassured Burundi they will maintain their friendship and support to speed up development for the mutual benefits of all citizens of the two neighbouring countries.
Burundi was recently rocked with violence which led to many people run away and seek shelter in the neighbouring countries.