Time is operating out for over 300 Zimbabwean refugees who’ve been residing in Botswana, after fleeing their dwelling nation through the violent 2008 presidential election. After dropping a bid to stay within the nation final week, the refugees now have till at the moment (Sunday, February 28) to register for voluntary repatriation or face forceful deportation again to their homeland.
Final Friday https://www.voazimbabwe.com/ reported that though the refugees concern persecution in the event that they return dwelling, officers from the U.N. refugee company in Botswana and Zimbabwe have assured them that they’re now not in danger. One Watson Chibi, was quoted saying the refugees don’t wish to return dwelling however do not need any choice as a result of they don’t have cash to prosecute the matter earlier than the courts after the UNHCR rejected their plea saying they now not qualify for worldwide safety as issues at the moment are OK in Zimbabwe. “The one choice we’ve goes again dwelling to Zimbabwe. Issues are unhealthy. They’re saying it’s time up, we should always go,” mentioned Chibi.
The Botswana authorities will present transport, whereas the reception of the returnees and their documentation and reintegration would be the accountability of Zimbabwean authorities.
The U.N. refugee company says returning refugees might be assisted with a money grant, a meals bundle and hygiene gadgets.
Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Botswana, Henry Mukonoweshuro, has assured refugees it’s secure to return. “What I can guarantee you is that his excellency (Zimbabwe President Emmerson) Mnangagwa welcomes you again to Zimbabwe. It’s the authorities’s need to have Zimbabweans in Zimbabwe,” Mukonoweshuro mentioned.
The UNHCR safety officer on the Dukwi Refugee Camp, Olivia Mugambi, not too long ago informed refugees the scenario in Zimbabwe has improved. “We have now carried out a number of analysis within the nation of vacation spot and we imagine that the scenario has considerably modified, and the scenario is now conducive for return,” Mugambi mentioned.
There was rising hypothesis that authorities of Botswana is planning to shut down Dukwi refugee camp.