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Rwanda has received 91 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya under a programme supported by the UN's refugee agency, African Union and European Union. Tanzania's Vice-President Philip Mpango has threatened to resign over a prolonged water crisis affecting residents from the northern Mwanga district.
The arrivals include 38 Sudanese people, 33 Eritreans, 11 Somalis, seven Ethiopians and two people from South Sudan. Mr Mpango on Thursday accused contractors working on a major project aimed at supplying water in the region of taking too long time to complete it.
The refugees and asylum seekers were evacuated under the Emergency Transit Mechanism programme, which has seen 2,150 refugees sent to Rwanda from Libya since 2019. The project worth over $100,000 (£79,000) was started close to 20 years ago, according to Mr Mpango.
Out of these,1,600 have gone on to resettle in the US and across Europe. "If this project will not be providing water [to the locals] by June, I will step down. I don't know what will be the fate of the local administrator and his juniors if I resign," Mr Mpango said.
"Rwanda remains committed to offering "I cannot come here again and tell citizens to wait further for this water, water is life," he added.
refuge to people in need," the
country's emergency management ministry said on Thursday.
The arrival of the refugees and asylum seekers comes as the UK
attempts to pass new legislation that would allow it to send some asylum
seekers to Rwanda, pending the processing of their claims.
The UK Supreme Court had earlier quashed the plan, terming it unlawful.
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