GARISSA—Garissa Governor, Ali Korane today welcomed the move by the national government to launch the deregistration of Kenyans earlier registered as refugees.
Addressing a public rally at Garissa primary school playground during the launch of the exercise, the Governor said many of the locals whose fingerprints were captured in refugee database had difficulties obtaining the national identity card.
”Many people were locked out of opportunities to get jobs, travel for Hajj and Ummra while others had restrictions from travelling freely in their own country for lack of an ID,” the governor said.
Governor Korane thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for approving the deregistration exercise following an appeal by the local leaders.
He warned vetting committees at the location level up to the county level against engaging in any malpractice that could compromise the integrity of the exercise and force the government to cancel it.
The Governor also called for the re-opening of the Kenya -Somali border. Commenting on the recently released national population census, the Governor termed it “a sham” saying it did not reflect the actual figures on the ground.
He said it would be unfair and unacceptable to use the results of the census to scrap out Balambala and Lagdera constituencies.
”None can alter our existing political boundaries and instead we will push for more constituencies and wards in Garissa County, ” the Governor said.
The chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Interior Mr. Patrick Ole Ntutu represented Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i during the launch of the refugee deregistration exercise.
He warned the committees against any malpractice in the one month exercise that is expected to end on December 11th.
The event was also addressed by Garissa Senator, Mohamed Yussuf Haji, Dadaab MP Mohamed Dahiye, Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman, Wajir South MP Mohamed Omaar, Lagdera MP Mohamed Hire and the UNHCR head of mission Dadaab Refugee Camp, Maggate Guisse, North-Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamed Birik, Garissa County Commissioner Mwangi Mweru and several MCAs.