The Rwandan government has called for the scheme of sending illegal migrants to the country to be “given a chance” after Prince Charles privately called it “appalling”.
Yolande Makolo, a spokeswoman for the Kigali government, told Sky News that the program was “well thought out” and that it was the responsibility of African governments to give people on the continent the opportunity to live a “decent” life without having to emigrate. . .
She said the “shocking” thing was that migrants risked “their lives by crossing the sea and trying to cross the desert” instead of getting the chance to have a “dignified” life in their country of origin.
She declined to question whether the Prince of Wales had gone too far, but said he would be welcome along with “all the guests coming to Kigali” when Charles represents Queen to Commonwealth Government Leaders’ Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda’s capital this month.
It’s coming afterwards The Times quoted a source as saying he heard Charles express his opposition plans in a private conversation.
The first deportations under the disputed agreement are due to take place next week, after the high court on Friday ruled that a flight with asylum seekers to the East African country could continue.
They will be the first migrants to be sent there to have their asylum application processed there since the government announced the policy in April.
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More than 30 people who the government says arrived illegally in the UK are expected to be on the plane to Rwanda Tuesday. The Interior Ministry is expected to plan more flights this year.
“Why should Africans move to Europe”
Ms Makolo told Sky News: “People need to give this partnership a chance. It is very well thought out. There will be good resources.
“We are determined to make this work … so everyone just has to give us a chance to work.”
“I understand that there is a lot of tension around this, but we need to work together as global partners to fix things, protect people and correct the imbalance between opportunities.
“Why should Africans move to Europe to have a decent life? Why can we not build a decent life here?
“As governments, it is our responsibility to create environments where people can work and live a decent and dignified life here and not risk their lives by crossing the sea and trying to cross the desert. That’s what’s appalling, actually.”
Ms Makolo said Rwanda had extensive experience in hosting refugees and so her compatriots could be “sympathetic” to those who arrived from Britain after seeking asylum there.
She said: “The vast majority of migrants arriving in the UK and Europe (are) people looking for a better life and they deserve it, everyone deserves to live the dignified life.
“And that’s what we provide … not only security for people fleeing conflict and persecution, but we will also provide opportunities for people who want to be productive and who want to live here with us and grow with U.S. “
“It’s a solution to a problem and I do not see many other solutions, I do not see many other people coming up with a comprehensive solution like the one we found with the UK.
“The core of this partnership is humanity. The people who benefit from this are the smugglers … who make great promises, exploit the people who make these dangerous journeys. So … why not enter into a partnership that will work ?
“We decided to make it work … to show that there is another way to deal with this migration. And as Africans, as Rwandans, we also want to participate in bringing a global solution to this problem. »
A spokesman for Charles refrained from rejecting reports that he was privately “disappointed” with the strategy. Clarence House insisted he had not tried to influence the government.
A spokesman said: “We will not comment on alleged anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales except to confirm that he remains politically neutral. Political issues are government decisions.”
Traditionally, Royal family does not interfere in political affairs.
As head of state, the queen must remain strictly neutral on political issues and not vote, according to Buckingham Palace.
“If it’s interference, I’m proud”
However, the 73-year-old prince, who is heir to the throne, has been a strong supporter of various cases and has been accused of ‘interference’.
Former Royal BBC correspondent Peter Hunt wrote in The Spectator that recent reports indicated that there was a risk that “a deliberate prince would become an indiscreet king”.
When Charles was asked in a BBC documentary in 2018 if he stepped in, Charles said: “I have always been fascinated by whether I should get involved in worrying about city centers, as I did there 40 years ago – what happened or did not happen there. ” the conditions under which people lived. If it’s interference, I’m very proud of it.
The campaign groups said they would appeal on Monday against the court’s decision not to declare the government’s actions illegal.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, reports surfaced of a crowd of people in London arguing with police in an attempt to prevent a man from being detained in an immigration raid.
Metropolitan Police said officers were called to a report of ‘protesters obstructing immigration officers’.
“The officers attended and found that a van was prevented from leaving the site,” the force added.
“A man has been arrested by border forces agents on suspicion of immigration crimes. Officers remain at the scene.”