Cessation clause: Zimbabwe to repatriate Rwandan refugees

Published: 4/Aug/2017
Source: The New Times (Kigali)

By: Kelvin Jakachira in Harare

Zimbabwean Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the southern African country will repatriate thousands of Rwandan refugees by the end of the year.

Mnangagwa, who is also Zimbabwe’s Minister of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, said Rwanda was now a safe and peaceful country and, therefore, the refugees must go back and participate in the development of their country.

“The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has informed us and the world at large that peace has returned to Rwanda and we are urging the Rwandan refugees to go and have a look back home and see the peace that is there.

“We will make sure that there is a smooth transition for these refugees to go back home by December 31,” Munangagwa said during belated World Refugees Day commemorations held at the Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge, close to 500 kilometres south east of the capital, Harare.

About 564 Rwandan refugees are residing at Tongogara Refugee Camp while more, said to be in thousands, are scattered across the country having had integrated into communities.

Read on New Times website: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/217345/

Themes: Nationality and Refugees
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2017