The Tanzanian Minister for Home Affairs
, Mohammed Seif Khatib
, on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam said he
expected all Rwandan refugees to have left by 31 December this year."Rwanda is now peaceful and the government has accepted to receive the refugees," the Minister told the press."It is time for them to go home," he
...Tanzanian Minister Khatib was clearer on what would happen to Rwandan refugees in Tanzania after 31 December.He
told the press that refugees who would refuse to return to Rwanda would "be interrogated and steps taken against them."
Tanzania for decades has been host to large number of regional refugees.Many of the current Rwandan refugees in Tanzania arrived the country in 1998 - the first group of Rwandan refugees to be admitted into Tanzania following the mass return of close to 500,000 in December 1996.
More than 1,000 Rwandan refugees have arrived so far this year.At the same time, more than 3,000 Rwandan refugees have returned home this year from Tanzania.All together, camps in Tanzania host more than 500,000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and Congo Kinshasa (DRC).Tanzania is currently receiving a new wave of refugees from war-ravaged Burundi.