Botswana: Botswana Government dismisses reports of refugee camp closure

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has dismissed claims that government intends to close the Dukwi Refugee Camp with the ministry of Defence, Justice and Security on Thursday describing the reports as "unfounded".

“The Ministry would like to inform members of the public that this news item which states that the Dukwi Refugee Camp is about to close down is false, unfounded, misleading and in our view meant to cause unnecessary confusion and disorder in the public domain,” said the ministry in a statement.

“We therefore categorically distance ourselves from this deliberate misinformation and encourage the public to ignore such malicious and mischievous allegations.”

The statement reiterated that there were no plans to close down Dukwi Refugee Camp.

The camp situated some 180km outside Francistown, the second largest city, is home to Africans who enter Botswana as asylum seekers.

Over the past year, refugees from countries like Angola, Namibia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been living at the camp.
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26 january 2017 14:21:17

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