Give Daadab refugees Kenyan citizenship, Raila tells gov’t

Published: 5/Jun/2016
Source: The Citizen

By Benjamin Wafula

CORD leader Raila Odinga has called on the government to give refugees at the Daadab camp Kenyan citizenship instead of repatriating them to Somalia.

Raila said the planned repatriation exercise and closure of Daadab refugee camp is tantamount to discrimination, saying the government should instead ensure the refugees are given citizenship and national ID cards.

He said the closure of Daadab refugee camp would not improve security in the country, saying the move will instead endanger the lives of the refugees.

“When they say that it is not possible to issue IDs in North Eastern because it is a border region and they cannot differentiate between Kenyan Somalis and those from Somalia, how then do they deal with Maasais from Kenya and those from Tanzania?” he questioned.

He called on the government to adopt the Tanzanian system and register the refugees as citizens.

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Themes: Nationality and Refugees
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2016