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Namibian ministers pleads with the “caprivians” to return home

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Namibian ministers pleads with the “caprivians” to return home
A UNITED FRONT: Kgathi alongside Simataa(m) and Sankwasa(l)

The Namibian minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa has pleaded with Namibian refugees in Dukwi Refugee camp to return home.

Addressing a press briefing at Marang Hotel in Francistown last week,Simataa pleaded with Caprivians residing at Dukwi Refugee Camp to register for voluntary repatriation to Namibia.

“I m pleading going on my knees that they return to Namibia where for those born there, their unmbilical cords are waiting to re-engage.

“We will be happy if they can do so, birth certificates are a must when they get there. If they need shelter they will be provided with material to build temporary shelter. The United Nations also provides them with $300 for resettlement.

“If they want to go with their reared animals they will be helped to go through the quarantine. They will be well received at the kgotla and meet their ancestors, those who were schooling will be intergrated through,”closed Simataa.

James Sankwasa the Namibian deputy minister of Works and Transport also said there is no reason for their citizens to overstrech their stay.

“They should be kind to themselves or the coming generation so they do not grow as refugees. No one wants to die as a refugee. If condition exists do not stay behind.” Sankwasa said.

He thanked the minister of Defence Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi for having been keeping their citizens in Botswana.

Minister Kgathi indicated that 22 Namibian refugees have registered for voluntary repatriation back home after their refugee status cancelled and that they are hoping for more to do so.

“Although he stated they were dissapointed as some chose to boycott the meeting they had this Thursday at Dukwi camp they just proceded with the meeting.

“We gave them dealine of the 11th of July and if they do not agree to be deported, according to the Refugee Act Recognition they will no longer be considered as refugees but as illegal imigrants and will be taken to Gerald center,” Kgathi said.

They have long fled from the then Capri in 1999 after a botched attempt to secede the region from Namibia.

Among the delegates was Margaret Mahoto the member of the national assembly and Induna Buchane Sinyemba the traditional councillor.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has come down hard on the Government of Botswana following the release of the 2018 UNHCR report which has portrayed Botswana in bad light over issues of ‘health, education and other basic liberties’ for refugees.
    The report is a summary measure for assessing progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. The report measures development by combining indicators of life expectancy, education attainment, and income. The health component contains two indicators: Anti-Retroviral Therapy access and increased gender based violence.

    In terms of the operation context, the report suggests that ever since stating their grievances eight years, refugees in Botswana have yet to see changes, as government has not acted on the issues. The refugees had wanted for government to provide for their basic liberties.
    “The asylum space in Botswana remained limited due to the policies restricting refugees and asylum-seekers to Dukwi refugee camp. The strict encampment policy, coupled with the reservation to the right to work, hampered the self-reliance of people of concern and led to increased dependency and social challenges, including harmful coping mechanisms and increased sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV),” says the report.”

    One would think SADC would take these issues on board instead of always saying there are challenges when they receive financial assistance . They should use the headquarters more for their meetings instead of flying all over the show to curb wastage

  2. “Recommendations:
    UNHCR recommends that the Government of
    Botswana
    :
    a)
    Provide legal and procedural safeguards for asylum-seekers during RSD procedures, including access to legal representation in particular for unaccompanied and separated childrenand access to professional interpreters, and introduce child and gender sensitive procedures;
    b)Amend the Refugee Act to ensure a right to appeal, toshift the responsibility for
    examining appeals concerning asylum cases to a judicial body which is fully independent and impartial, and to provide for oral hearings at the appeals level; and
    c)Refrain from declaring asylum applications inadmissible on the sole basis of “first
    country of asylum” or “safe third country”, ensuring that asylum-
    seekers effectively benefit from international protection and that Botswana retain responsibility for obligations arising under the 1951 Convention”
    .