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UN refugees agency fails to negotiate on asylum seekers’ plea for Malawi’s Dzaleka camp relocation extension period

Malawi Dzaleka refugee camp

Dzaleka refugee camp in Dowa

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-United Nations Refugee agency-UNHCR on Monday, April 26, 2021 failed to negotiate for extension period which refugees and asylum seekers requested Malawi government before relocation to Dzaleka camp in the central district of Dowa.

Instead UNHCR has thrown its weight behind the government’s decision to relocate all refugees and asylum seekers to Dzaleka camp.

While supporting the government’s move, UNHCR Country Representative Modeste Kouame stresses that the refugees require enough space, food, water and good sanitation.

This follows the intense close meeting the agency had with Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda and government officials on the matter.

On April 16, Ministry of Homeland Security gave the refugees living or plying their trade outside the camp to return within 14 days.

However, the asylums seekers appealed for extension period to a year before relocation arguing that settled business will not possible for repositioning to Dzaleka camp.

But Homeland Security Minister remained adamant on the order saying government decision was final.

The ultimatum is expiring on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 that the law enforcers threatened to use force on those defying the order.

Meanwhile, 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

The nation is yet to see how government will provide water, space, food and good sanitation to more than 48, 000 refugees and asylum seekers from various parts of the Africa continent residing in Malawi’s Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

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