By Nep Journal Correspondent
Kenyan government has for the last two years earmarked the immediate shutdown of refugee camps due to security and environmental burden on the Country’s economy.
Kenya government’s announcement of the immediate closure of Daadab refugee camp has drawn Non-governmental organizations and International community’s criticism as they termed the move a violation of international policy for refugees. They severally called for the Kenyan government to reconsider its decision and instead follow the due process rather than forcefully repatriate refugees.
Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s visit to the Country on Monday was relieve to the refugees. He said he is ready to receive his people whatever the cost it will take, and it worries less to hear Kenya’s decision to repatriate the Somalia refugees.
Sheikh’s two days talks with his host President Uhuru Kenyatta has yielded fruits. Their discussion on wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues including: peace, security and stability in Somalia, economic cooperation and refugees repatriation was perfectly managed.
Among the issues discussed, Kenya government has agreed to abide by the tripartite agreement on refugees that paves way for voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees in Daadab camp. Kenya has also accepted to speed up direct Mogadishu – Nairobi flights while easing security checkups for Somalia flights in Wajir and Nairobi.
On the other hand, Somalia agreed to hold on the ban on Kenyan miraa (khat) that they introduced recently, which expected due process implementation.
Most of the International relation analysts on political and socioeconomic issues have viewed the talks between the heads of the two Countries as “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” scenario.
However, President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has scored big in the talks on refugees while president Uhuru is said to have scored less as he only lobbied to end the impending miraa ban.