DP Ruto orders UN to close Dadaabs refugee camp in 3 months

Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO |CHARLES KIMANI | DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has given the United Nations three months to close the Dadaab refugee camps failing which Kenya will forcefully return them to Somalia.

The Deputy President's comment comes days after leaders from north eastern Kenya called for the closure of refugee camps in the region and moving of their occupants to Somalia.

The leaders from three counties on Monday said the Dadaab camps should be shut down because it is where Al-Shabaab terrorists plan attacks.

Garissa Township MP Aden Duale and more than 20 leaders from the region, who made a 12-point pledge to help fight terrorism, also promised to donate Sh15 million to survivors of the Garissa University College terrorist attack and families of those killed.

The attack left 148 people dead, including 142 students. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for it. It is the worst since the August 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi, in which 213 people were killed.