The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta has insisted that the process of repatriating Somali refugees back to their country is still on.
The president announced few weeks ago that Kenya will be repatriating Somali refugees back to their home country to avoid future regional conflict with the citizens of the country.
The president said there is a scarcity of natural resources like water and pasture where these refugees are inhabited and this can lead to conflict with the Kenyan citizens who live around the refugee camps.
Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the process of repatriating these refugees has already begun and he has asked all countries to partner them during this process so that it should be successful.
“I ask the global community to give us a hand during this process so that it should be a successful one”, said Uhuru.
The President is urging the global community not to misinterpret the move the country has introduced by citing that they have been hosting refugees for decades and this is part of the government’s agenda to let the refugees go home and start a new life.
“If we don’t deal with this challenge of Somali now, then it will cause a major conflict in the future. The train has already left station and its up to those who are interested in seeing the success of the journey to come on board.”, said Uhuru Kenyatta.
He further said that he will follow the right protocols so that the process should bear positive fruits.
The United Nations (UN) deputy general secretary Jan Eliasson who paid him a visit in Kenya, has commended the move taken by the Kenyan president and he will address the issue to the members of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in New York.