Following an attack on Kenya’s Westgate Shopping Mall by al Shabab militants on September 21,Kenyan legislators want all Somali refugee camps closed.
The head of the defence committee ,Ndung’u Gethenji told the BBC that some of the camps are being used as ‘training grounds’ for militants.
Mr Gethenji said that Kenya had to rethink its hospitality in supporting refugee camps within its borders.
Kenya is host to the largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab – home to about half a million people – while it is believed that more than 30,000 Somali refugees live in Nairobi alone.
The Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security wants government to close down Dadaab refugee camp which is located in northern Kenya and arrange for safe return of all Somali refugees to their country.
Committee chairman Asman Kamama said the United Nations should help Kenya close down the camp, as it has become a breeding ground for terrorists.
“That camp has become a nursery for terrorists. The UN must now understand the security of Kenyans comes first. Even if it is about human rights, it should not be at our expense,” said Kamama according to The Standard.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s joint parliamentary defence and national security committees have started a probe into alleged intelligence failings over the Westgate attack.
The MPs visited the Westgate site on Monday as part of their inquiries.