Rwandan refugees resisting repatriation, says Lungu

HOME affairs minister Edgar Lungu says most Rwandan refugees are resisting repatriation citing fear of persecution by their government.

Speaking during a ministerial meeting on the Comprehensive Durable Solutions Strategy for the Rwandan Refugee situation in Pretoria on Thursday, Lungu said as at February 28, 2013, the total number of Rwandan refugees in Zambia stood at 5,968, of which 3,771 were registered at camp, 1,283 lived in urban areas, while the rest were self-settled among Zambians in villages.

He said Zambia remained committed to pursuing the implementation of the Comprehensive Strategy of enhancing repatriation and re-integration, pursuing local integration or alternative legal status in countries of asylum, meeting needs of those unable to return home for protection-related reasons and elaborating a common schedule leading to the cessation of refugees status, now foreseen to come into effect as of June 30, 2013.