MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda has paid deaf year to refugees, asylum seekers who are pleading with Tonse government to postpone relocation date
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, refugees and asylum seekers in the country asked government to postpone the April month end deadline for them to relocate to Dzaleka Refugee Camp, so that those affected can dispose of their property.
One of the refugees, Cloud Kayihira, said his worry is about his counterparts who left the camp in search for a better life outside the camp. So, government should postpone the deadline to at least one year.
“Our fellow Refugees have built houses, others have made intermarriages, others they have farms and different things outside the camp. So, we beg you journalists to advocate if it possible for government to postpone this return after one year so that everyone should be able to sell his property,” said Kayihira.
Concurring with Kayihira, Rhomen Bijangala, leader of Congolese refugees in the camp, said the camp is current to small to accommodate even those who left it for a better life outside of it.
However, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Homeland Security, Andrew Nyondo, said the plea by the refugees is baseless considering that they were already given enough time to prepare for the relocation.
Nyondo said: “They were given fourteen days which government thought is enough for them to make proper arrangements to ensure that they move their property from where they are to the camp. Fourteen days is just a reasonable period of time, but may the only problem is that they have been thinking that government is just talking but there will be no any action. There will be an action.”
Recently, Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda, announced that by the end this month goverent will ask all the refugees to return to Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa district.
Chimwendo insists that government decision is final.