Homeland security minister, Nicolas Dausi, has warned local chiefs against providing shelter to refugees in their villages as this is against the laws of Malawi.
Dausi said this when he inspected 37 hectares of land that Malawi has allocated for the government of Japan to construct make-shift houses for refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.
"All refugees must be here at Dzaleka Refugee Camp and I urge chiefs not to accommodate loitering refugees from Burundi, DRC, Rwanda. They must all be housed here," said Dausi.
Nevertheless, Dausi reignited the idea of relocating refugees from Dzaleka to Katiri in Karonga whose plans, he said, are in the pipeline.
Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Kae Yanagisawa, disclosed that her government would pump in 410,000 United States dollars into the construction of temporary houses for refugees at Dzaleka.
"Our government wants to expand Dzaleka Refugee Camp amid concerns of growing population," said Yanagisawa.
On her part, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Country Representative, Monique Ekoko said the initiative by the government of Japan is a first step towards de-congesting Dzaleka and enhancing peaceful coexistence between refugees and the hosting community.
"This support will help us a lot as refugees fight over resources and living space due to congestion," Ekoko said.
The support is coming amid concerns of a growing refugee population at the camp which is now at 43,000.
The camp was designed to accommodate about 10,000 people on 201 hectares of land.