A Refugees rights advocate in Malawi, Innocent Magambi, says he is not aware of the tribal issues between the Hutus and Tutsis residing at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.
Magambi said Dzaleka is a place where refugees and asylum seekers are living in peace and harmony despite the differences in nationalities and tribes.
Media reports last week quoted a group of concerned refugees from Hutu background living at Dzaleka Refugee Camp expressing fears over a spate of killings perpetuated against them from Tutsis claiming that 20 of them have been killed.
The reports say the Hutus are living in fear calling on Government of Malawi to come in and intervene. It is alleged that there are serial killers at the camp posing as refugees who attack Hutus on political reasons.
The Hutus have since asked the Government of Malawi to establish an inquest into the deaths of 20 refugees and asylum seekers including the recent attack of Habimana Emille who was killed through suffocation in Lilongwe.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Magambi said he is not trying to undermine how the Hutus feel about the situation but his opinion is based on political affiliation rather than tribal maintaining his stand that Dzaleka is a peaceful place.
He gave an example of Congolese of Rwandan origin commonly known as the ‘Banyamulenge’ and other Congolese tribes whom he said live peacefully at the camp despite the same tribes are, at the moment, fighting back home.
“Tutsis and Hutus from Burundi and Rwanda live in harmony as well though there have been instances that suggest persecutions related to political differences rather than tribal, said Magambi.