Undule warns gov’t on relocation of refugees

Renowned governance and human rights advocate Undule Mwakasungula has warned the government against taking a unilateral and hasty decision on the relocation of refugees from Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa to Katili in Karonga or Chitipa.

Mwakasungula, in a statement issued last evening, says the proposal or call to shift the refugees needs a wider and inclusive consultation.

Mwakasungula–Government and UNHCR must repatriate some refugees to ease pressure on Malawi

“It is important to note that this call is not a remedy to the problem, but just one of those alternatives in trying to find solutions to the refugee’s challenges and influx of refugees to Malawi.

“First, lessons must be learnt from the experiences at Dzeleka Refugee Camp to avert the challenges, which are giving government pressure in hosting the refugees and asylum seekers. Shifting them to Karonga or Chitipa is not a solution, as other factors must be seriously looked into,” he says

Mwakasungula suggests that the government, in consultation with UNHCR, “must repatriate some refugees and asylum seeks back to their countries to ease pressure on the nation” considering that some of the countries where the refugees or asylum seekers are coming from are not at peace.

He argues that being a refugee is not a profession.

“As the saying goes ‘East or West, home is the best.’ Therefore, voluntary repatriation of some the refugees must be highly recommended to reduce the refugee’s population and pressure on the government and the nation as a whole,” suggests Mwakasungula.

On the other hand, Mwakasungula emphasizes the need for the Malawi Government to seriously deal with refugees’ trafficking syndicates in borders of Malawi.

It is documented that most of these refugees cross into Malawi helped by citizens who include public officials.

Mwakasungula says this is human trafficking and those involved must seriously be punished to stop this evil.

He adds that efforts must also be enhanced to engage other bordering countries like Tanzania, which is used largely by a number of refugees and asylum seekers to cross into Malawi as an entry point.

“Further joint cross border patrols must be enhanced by Malawi and Tanzania security organs. Lastly, as we take into consideration the rights and protection of refugees, our national security and interests must be paramount.

“If we have refuges and asylum seekers crossing into Malawi everyday that is a serious national concern. If we have some refugees corruptly acquiring our national IDs and business licenses that a matter of more serious concern for national security,” emphasizes Mwakasungula.

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Kambewa Ngozo
1 year ago

Ine This is a serious matter and hope our government will act as soon as possible

Moffat I
Moffat I
1 year ago

Keep voicing out UDK. ..the nation needs you ….

1 year ago

Mwakasungula has a point. Most of these so called Refugees are not. Their home countries are free and doing fine than us. Lero amera mapiko to the extent of curruplty acquiring chaunzika plus passport. Basi Mkumatilalatila kutiona kupusa. It’s high time Government repatriate them.

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