And Refugee Officer Mwika Musakazi says the number of asylum seekers running away from skirmishes in the Democratic Republic of Congo may hit 20 – thousand soon.
Speaking during a meeting with a delegation from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees -UNHCR- led by Mr. MWIKA, Kawambwa District Commissioner IVO MPASA disclosed that government has found land in 47 Miles farmland area of Kawambwa for the sett
ng up of a permanent camp for the asylum seekers.
The District Commissioner explained that 1-thousand hectares has so far been demarcated with an option to increase the size.
Mr. Mpasa said Kawambwa had in the past hosted refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and has no problem hosting them once again.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mpasa has appealed to the UNHCR not to build makeshift structures but consider permanent ones that may continue standing even after refugees are repatriated.
He said the UNHCR has in the past built temporary houses, schools and hospitals in Kala refugee camp which collapsed immediately after the Congolese refugees were repatriated in 2010.
And Mr. Mwika said the population of the asylum seekers at Kenani One and Two transit camps has hit 5-thousand 3-hundred and 99 as of last week with the number expected to rise.