BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-One of the country social rights group, Muvi Wa Chilungamo has condemned Malawi’s homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda for asking asylum seekers stop operating businesses in the country and return to Dzaleka refugee camp.
Speaking in his daily episodes of Muvi wa Chilungamo, General commander Happy Gondwe said asylum seekers have the right to operate anywhere in the country since they’re were granted permission to stay and operate in the country by government.
This comes after Minister Chimwendo Banda announced at a news conference in Lilongwe on Friday, April 16, 2021 that refugees and asylum seekers who left Dzaleka refugee camp must return to the camp or face eviction before the end 14 days.
According to the Minister, the decision made by government follows complaints from local businesspeople against stiff competition from foreign nationals.
Chimwendo added that the government’s Encampment Policy prohibits refugees from operating business outside the refugee camp as they pose danger to national security.
General Happy Gondwe however asked the ministry of homeland security to revoke the decision as it might turn out to be costly to government if the asylum seekers will sue government.
Gondwe also said the decision by Chimwendo banda is a deliberate move to embezzle government funds. He added that Malawi has been losing a lot of funds in form of compensations after making similar errors hence the need to rescind the order.
The decision by government of forcing Asylum seekers to return to the camp has been faced with a lot of resistance since the announcement was made.
Among others, the executive director for Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation Michael Kayiyatsa commenting on the matter asked government to reverse the decision which he presume can cause violence against the foreigners.
Meanwhile, more than 48, 000 refugees and asylum seekers from various parts of the continent reside in Malawi’s Dzaleka Refugee Camp.