Talks to repatriate Namibians from Dukwi underway at Katima Mulilo

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Talks of repatriating 940 Namibians from the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana are underway at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region.
Officials from the Namibian and Botswana governments, and representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, are gathered at the town this week, for the 18th Tripartite Commission on the voluntary repatriation.
Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana says the meeting aims to restart the repatriation process of the remaining refugees at the camp.
Last year, the Botswana High Court ruled against the Namibian refugees returning to Namibia due to safety concerns.
The interdict was based on the grounds that there was no guarantee for the safety of the refugees should they return home.
The repatriation process was planned to start last December.
Iivula-Ithana said there was nothing to prevent the refugees from returning home, as most of them were young people, who may be presumed innocent.
She stressed that the Government remained committed to conclude this chapter and ready to receive the refugees in a dignified manner and allow them to be reintegrated back into the society.