Karonga communities agree to accommodate refugees

The Ministry of Homeland Security says it has reached a consensus with chiefs and communities in Katiri, Karonga to accommodate refugees.

Since 2016, people surrounding the area have been protesting against government’s decision to establish a settlement for refugees at Katiri, a development which delayed plans to decongest Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

Appearing before the Parliamentary committee on Defense and Security, Principal Secretary for the ministry of Homeland Security Kennedy Nkhoma said the ministry is optimistic that in the next few months it will acquire full ownership of Katiri where government wants to relocate Dzaleka refugee camp.

The committee’s Chairperson Ralph Jooma said once the land is fully owned, the committee will push for funding to develop the place.

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