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More UN agencies probe graft at Kenya refugee camps

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News)– THE International Office of Migration (IOM) has opened investigations into alleged misconduct by its staff at some Kenyan refugee camps.
It is the second United Nations agency to probe its staff in the East African country.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced its probe in Kakuma Wednesday.
IOM said it was probing alleged misconduct in the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps.
The organisation’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is leading both probes with a team of experienced investigators.
“Both investigations are complex matters that require resources, time and due process,” said IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing.
He said if IOM’s investigation of these allegations produces evidence substantiated any misconduct by IOM or other personnel, he was prepared to take any required action.
“IOM takes all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously and has a policy of zero tolerance towards any breaches of its rules of conduct. The safety and protection of vulnerable migrants is our top priority.”
Kenya hosts thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries.
Dabaab is the world’s largest refugee site with over 245 000 inhabitants.
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