After Prince Charles privately referred to it as “appalling”, Rwanda’s government asked that the scheme to send illegal migrants to Rwanda be allowed to continue.
Yolande Makolo spoke for the Kigali government and said that the scheme was “well thought out” by governments in Africa. She stated that the goal is to allow people to live decent lives on the continent without having to move.
She stated that it was unacceptable that migrants risked their lives crossing the ocean to reach the desert, rather than having the opportunity to live “dignified” in their homelands.
She declined to comment on whether the Prince of Wales was going too far, but she said he would be welcome along with “all those guests that are coming here to Kigali”, when Charles represents the Queen at this month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
It occurs after The Times quoted a source who claimed Charles had voiced his objection in private conversations.
After Friday’s ruling by the High Court, the first deportations under this contentious deal will take place next week. This follows the decision of the High Court that an asylum seeker flight to East Africa can proceed.
They will be among the first migrants to be sent to the country to process their asylum claims since April was announced by the government.
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On Tuesday, more than 30 illegal immigrants from the UK are expected to board the flight to Rwanda. The Home Office plans to schedule additional flights in the coming year.
“Why should Africans move to Europe?”
Sky News spoke with Ms Makolo about the partnership. It is very well planned. It will be well-resourced.
“We are determined to make it work… everyone just has to give us a chance.”
“I can understand the excitement surrounding this. But we must work together as global partners in order to fix things, to protect people, and to rectify the imbalance of opportunities.
“Why should Africans have to move to Europe in order to live a decent and comfortable life?” Why can’t we have decent lives here?
“As governments, it’s our responsibility to create environments that allow people to work and live decent lives here and not risk their lives trying to cross the desert. This is actually what’s most appalling.
Ms Makolo stated that Rwanda has a lot of experience in hosting refugees, so her fellow Rwandans can “empathise with” those who have arrived from the UK after seeking asylum.
She stated that the vast majority of migrants who arrive in the UK or Europe are seeking better lives. Everyone deserves a dignified existence.
“And this is exactly what we offer…not only safety for people fleeing persecution and conflict, but also opportunities for people who are productive and who want to live with us and grow with us.”
“It’s a solution for a problem, and I don’t see any other solutions. I don’t see anyone else coming up with a comprehensive solution such as the one we have in the UK.
“Humanity is at the core of this partnership. This is where the people who profit from it are the human smugglers. They make big promises and exploit people who travel on dangerous routes. Why not form a partnership that works?
“We decided to make it work… to show there is another way to handle this migration. We, Rwandans and Africans want to contribute to a global solution for this problem.
Charles’ spokesperson did not deny reports that he was privately dissatisfied by the strategy. Clarence House claimed he did not attempt to influence the government.
A spokesperson stated that they would not comment on the supposed private conversations between The Prince of Wales and his family members, other than to reiterate that he is politically neutral. Questions of policy are matters for the government.
The Royal Family has not been involved in politics.
According to Buckingham Palace, the Queen is head of state and must remain neutral in all matters political. She also doesn’t vote.
‘If that’s meddling, I’m proud’
The heir to the throne is a 73-year old prince who has been a vocal supporter of many causes and has been accused by some of his’meddling’.
Peter Hunt, a former BBC royal correspondent, wrote in The Spectator that the latest reports indicated there was a danger of “an opinionated Prince turning into a meddlesome King”.
Charles answered a BBC question about whether he interferes in 2018 documentary: “I’ve always wondered if it’s meddling, to worry about inner cities as I did 40 year ago – what was going on there, the conditions of people’s lives.” If it’s meddling, I’m proud of it.”
Campaign groups said Monday that they would appeal the court’s decision not to declare the government’s actions illegal.
On Saturday, reports surfaced that a group of Londoners were fighting with police to stop a man being held during an immigration raid.
According to the Metropolitan Police, officers were summoned to investigate a report that “protesters are obstructing immigrants officers”.
The force stated that officers arrived and discovered that a van was being stopped from leaving the site.
Border Force officers have arrested one man on suspicion of illegal immigration. The scene is being manned by officers.”