The High Court has issued orders to temporarily halt the closure of Daadab and Kakuma refuge camps by the government.
The orders were issued by the court following a successful application by one Peter Gichira who noted that the decision by the government was unconstitutional.
Gichira also argues that the closure does not only violate the Kenyan constitution but also International laws as he seeks the decision to close is completely ruled out. The case will be mentioned on 13th April.
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Last month, Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i issued the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) a 14-day notice on closure of the two camps citing no further negotiation on the matter.
This was the second time the country has threatened to shut both Daadab and Kakuma refuge camps which hold a total of 217,000 and 190,000 refugees respectively.
UNHCR called on the government to consider the move especially on those who run from their country due to political instability, mothers and children who suffer due to such decisions.
Insecurity has also been an issue for the country with some terrorist reported to be hiding in some tents within the camp where they plot attacks among other things.