Decision to close Dadaab refugee camp final, Ruto tells UN boss

Deputy President William Ruto is received at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey by the a Government official Ali Ulutas (centre) and the Kenyan Ambassador to Turkey Kiema Kilonzo. Mr Ruto is in Turkey to attend the UN World Humanitarian Summit. PHOTO | DPPS

What you need to know:

  • In a speech delivered to leaders, UN officials and relief workers in Instabul, Mr Ruto denied that the government had announced closure of Dadaab as a ploy to ask for more money from donors.
  • Mr Ruto who is representing President Uhuru Kenyatta at the World Humanitarian Summit said Kenya was participating in the conference specifically to discuss the repatriation of Somali refugees at the Dadaab Refugee Camp, not haggle on keeping them.
  • On the sidelines of the conference, Mr Ruto met with Mr Ban and later Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud where he defended Kenya’s record on humanitarian obligations but insisted the camp will have to be closed in the interest of national security.

The government will not change its mind over the closure of Dadaab Refugee camp, even with new funding.

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