Deported from Zambia, ex-Rwandan refugees choose to stay

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Two former Rwandan refugees, Innocent Habumugisha and Egide Rwasibo, who were deported from Zambia in December 2015 on the grounds that they were working as spies for the Rwandan government and causing insecurity in Zambia, won a case in the Zambian High Court last week, with the judge ruling that their deportation was “unconscionable and unreasonable.”

“The Minister of Home Affairs exercised his discretion without following the law, which required him to ask the two refugees to make written presentations to him before effecting the deportation,” the court ruled.

Documents from the court proceedings show that the defence had argued that the decision by the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs to deport the duo put them at risk of “being persecuted back…

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