First batch of deported Somalis arrive in Mogadishu

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82 Somalis deported from Kenya after being held in various police stations and Kasarani stadium were today deported to their home country.

The deported arrive home in Mogadishu. Photo by AFP

Those repatriated include women and children and some looked frail following days of detention.

According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku, 472 suspects were still in custody undergoing screening at various stations and that Somalia supported the deportation.

He said that the whole process of detaining and deporting the illegal immigrants followed all due process and that those deported were accompanied to their home country by Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya Mr. Mohamud Ali (Americo).

Inspector General David Kimaiyo has gazetted Kasarani as a police station to enhance the operation.

Most of those deported are reported to have failed to produce Identification documents and could speak neither English nor Kiswahili although this is not a proof of Kenyan citizenship.

 

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