Government calls for peace among refugees and nearby communities

Dowa, October 6, Mana: Ministry of Homeland Security has emphasized the need for peaceful co-existence between refugees and Malawians for the development of the country.

This was said when United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was officially handing over the K 14 million Mengwe  Bridge constructed along the road connecting the Dzaleka Refugee Camp and villages from Group Village Headman (GHV) Mengwe in Dowa district.

The Principal Secretary and Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Land Security, Kennedy Nkhoma emphasized that the refugees and surrounding communities desist from provoking each other for peaceful coexistence.

He said that peace should be considered as fundamental to every person.

“We have witnessed many situations in the camp and surrounding communities of theft, murder and other malpractices. We are advising you to love each other and behave well and portray peace for good co-existence.”

“No one is above the law, if found contrary to the law will be arrested and persecuted according to the law,” Nkhoma said.

Nkhoma cutting the ribbon to mark the official handing over of the bridge pic by Mana

He commended UNHCR for constructing the bridge because communities from Dzaleka Refugee Camp and surrounding areas would easily be able to cross the river and transport their farm produce to Dzaleka Market.

“What UNHCR has done to the communities of Mengwe is gesture worthy smiling and as government, we are very grateful because communities will be able to cross the river to Dzaleka Refugee Camp for marketing,” he said.

GVH Thunduzu thanked the UNHCR for the gesture saying that the bridge would ease the transportation issues which have existed for so many years,

Dzaleka Refugee Camp keeps 51,000 Asylum seekers which is above recommended population of 14,000

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