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Ex-presidential aspirant moves to court challenging the closure of Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps

Former presidential aspirant Peter Gichira has moved to Court challenging the government's decision to close the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

Gachira said the decision to closure the two camps violates Constitution of Kenya, International Laws and treaties regarding the protection of refugee rights and is therefore null and void.

He further seek an order to permanently stop the enforcement of the directive.

Fred Matiang'i Interior Cabinet Secretary on March 24,2021 issued the UN refugee agency, with 14- day ultimatum on closure of Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

Dr.Matiang'i told the United Nation High commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) that their is no room for further discussion.

This came after the second attempts by the government of Kenya to close the camps and refugees repatriated.

The population of Refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma camps is estimated to be 217,000 and 190,000 respectively.

The UN refugee agency later urged the kenyan Government to ensure any decision on the camps allow for suitable and sustainable solutions to be found.photo of refugee children.

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