Malawi govt  snub UNHCR over Katiri Refugee camp in Karonga

Home Affairs and International Cooperation ministry officials have ruled out rescinding its decision to open a settlement camp site at Katiri in Karonga, saying this was a cabinet directive.

The Karonga chiefs at Dzaleka: Not convinced with relocation of  refugee camp

Hilda Kausiwa, Administration and Operations manager for Refugees Department in the ministry told International Relations Committee of Parliament, that as far as the government was concerned, Katiri was a right place for the resettlement program.

“It is only the cabinet that can rescind the decision,” said Kausiwa.

She said Katiri remains the preferred place to replace Dzaleka Camp in Dowa because of, among other issues, it is a border area therefore suits international conventions.

Kausiwa  esaid in the 2017/2018 budget, the government has provided K300 million for the initial phases of site preparation for Katiri in Karonga including an environment impact assessment.

However, this sharply contradicts what Home Affairs and Internal Security principal secretary Sam Madula told the committee recently when he said the government had rescinded the idea to open the settlement camp at the site citing acute shortage of water as one of the reasons.

UNHCR officials on Monday told the committee that the land at Katiri is infertile and that there are only 3, 500 locals in the area who would be outnumbered by the refugees therefore they feared for conflicts between the locals and the refugees.

Kausiwa said the population at Dzaleka continues to grow beyond thecapacity of the area due to the increased influx of asylum seekers.

There are at least 32, 000 refugees and asylum seekers in the country at present according to both the government and UNHCR officials.

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Matako
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Send them.kwawo. There are no wars in Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Ethiopia!

Ngalamayi
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So UNHCR, experts in the area of refugees, say Katili is the wrong place! Local chiefs and others very knowledgeable about local conditions also say it is the wrong place, all with very good reasons. But the government battles on against the will of its people and against common sense!

NKHAKAMILA
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MY PRAYER IS THAT KARONGA PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE LEFT OUT IN THIS. YOU CAN’T FALSE THAT ON PEOPLE WHO SAY “NO!” CHITANI ZINTHU NGATI KUSUKULU MUDAPITAKO AND MA RESEARCH MUDAPANGAPO. MBULI ZOPHUNZIRA! HANDCLAPPERS! GOOD FOR NOTHING!

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