Homeland Security Minister Kenneth Zikhale Ng’oma has sent a high-powered delegation from his Ministry and Department of Refugees to see the proposed site for a new refugee camp at Kameme in Chitipa District.
Speaking in a separate interview Ng’oma said that the decision has been made after noticing that Dzaleka Refugee Camp is too close to the capital city of Lilongwe.
According to Ng’oma, the decision will enhance the screening processes of foreign nationals entering the country.
Ng’oma believes that there will be a good relationship with the neighbouring countries bearing in mind that security issues require good international relations
The minister highlighted that this will improve the country’s security considering that some foreign nationals have dangerous weapons that pose a threat to national security.
“Refugees and asylum seekers as well as foreign nationals must be screened at the border as it is being done in the United States of America and elsewhere,
“We are doing this to improve our security because some of these illegal immigrants are dangerous to the security of the country because they bring guns in the country so I have instructed officials from my ministry to go to Chitipa to see the new site,” he said.
Ideally, a refugee camp is supposed to be located 50Km from the border and far away from the city.
The development also comes as government is considering closing Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.
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