Rwanda calls for UK deportation program to be given ‘a chance’ after Prince Charles ‘says politics are appalling’ | world news



The Rwandan government has called for the scheme to send illegal migrants to its country to be given “a chance”, after Prince Charles privately called it “appalling”.

Yolande Makolo, spokeswoman for the government of Kigali, told Sky News that the program is “well thought out” and that it is the responsibility of African governments to give people on the continent the opportunity to live a “decent” life, without having to need to emigrate. .

She said what was ‘appalling’ was that migrants were risking ‘their lives crossing the ocean, trying to cross the desert’, rather than having a chance for 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 those guests who come to Kigali” when Charles represents the Queen to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the Rwandan capital this month.

It comes after The Times quoted a source who said he heard Charles express his opposition plans in a private conversation.

The first deportations under the contentious deal are set to take place next week after the High Court ruled on Friday that a flight carrying asylum seekers to the East African country could go ahead.

They will be the first migrants to be sent there to have their asylum applications processed there since the government announced the policy in April.

Read more: Asylum seeker who fled war says he would rather die than be sent to Rwanda

More than 30 people who the government says arrived in the UK illegally are expected to be on the plane to Rwanda tuesday. The Home Office is expected to schedule more flights this year.

“Why should Africans move to Europe”

Ms Makolo told Sky News: “People need to give this partnership a chance. It’s very well thought out. It will be well resourced.

“We’re determined to make it work… so everyone just has to give us a chance to work.

“I understand there’s a lot of excitement about this, but we need to work together as global partners to make things right, protect people and correct the imbalance of opportunity.

“Why should Africans move to Europe to have a decent life? Why can’t we build a decent life here?

“As governments, it’s our responsibility to create environments where people can work and lead a decent and dignified life here, and not risk their lives crossing the ocean, trying to cross the desert. is what is appalling, actually.”

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Ms Makolo said Rwanda had extensive experience in hosting refugees and so her compatriots could “sympathize” with those arriving from the UK, having sought 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 that dignified life.

“And that’s what we’re providing…not just safety for people fleeing conflict and persecution, but we’re also going to provide opportunities for people who want to be productive and who want to live here with us and grow with us.”

“It’s a solution to a problem and I don’t see many other solutions, I don’t see many other people coming up with a comprehensive solution like the one we found with the UK.

“At the heart of this partnership is humanity. The people who profit from this are the smugglers… making big promises, exploiting 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 manage this migration. And as Africans, as Rwandans, we also want to participate in bringing a global solution to this problem .”

A spokesperson for Charles refrained from denying reports that he was privately “disappointed” with the strategy. Clarence House insisted he had not tried to influence the government.

A spokesperson said: ‘We would not comment on purported anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales except to reaffirm that he remains politically neutral. Policy matters are government decisions.’

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“Rwanda’s policy is shameful”

Traditionally, the Royal family does not meddle in political affairs.

As head of state, the Queen must remain strictly neutral on political issues and does 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 causes and has been accused of ‘interference’.

Writing in The Spectator, former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the latest reports suggested there was a risk of “a willful prince turning into an indiscreet king”.

When asked in a BBC documentary in 2018 if he was stepping in, Charles said: ‘I’ve always been intrigued, whether to get involved in worrying about town centers like I did there 40 years ago – what was or wasn’t happening there, the conditions people were living in. 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, reports emerged on Saturday of a crowd of people in London arguing with police in a bid to prevent a man from being detained in an immigration raid.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to a report of ‘protesters obstructing immigration officers’.

“Officers attended and found a van was being restricted from leaving the scene,” the force added.

“A man has been arrested by Border Force officers on suspicion of immigration violations. Officers remain at the scene.”


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