UNHRC Urges Kenyan Refugees to Return Home

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Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees currently on a visit to Uganda has urged Kenyan refugees living in Mulanda refugee camp in Tororo to consider returning home. Guterres who made a brief visit to the camp this morning, said the refugees should take advantage of the memorandum of understanding for a coalition which was signed between President Mwai Kibaki and his political rival Raila Odinga, to return home. However, the high commissioners advice was received with skepticism by the refugee community in Mulanda. Shortly after his address, the refugees convened a five-hour long emergency meeting to at the transit center to discuss the way forward. During the rather calm meeting, the refugees resolved to remain in camp for as long as it takes the Kenyan government to solve the problems that forced them to flee the country. The refugees argued that the memorandum signed between Kibaki and Odinga is just a shadow to the numerous unresolved disputes at the local level. Some refugees said that by accepting to return homw, the refugees would be preparing a recipe for more violence. // Cue in: iI have been shot twice#i Cue out i#another agreement because of Koffi Annani // But Russo Roberta, the UNHRC External Relations Officer made it clear that the refugees still have a choice to either return home or stay in the camp. More than 1,700 Kenyans fled into Uganda at the height of the political tensions triggered off by a flawed election.


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