Rishi Sunak Meets with Rwanda President Kagame Amidst Migrant Flat Sale Dispute

Rishi Sunak Meets with Rwanda President Kagame Amidst Migrant Flat Sale Dispute

London (Parliament News) – Rishi Sunak meets Rwandan President Kagame amidst controversy over migrant housing sale in Kigali. The dispute raises questions about UK asylum policy effectiveness.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has welcomed Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Downing Street amid news that properties in Kigali reserved for the UK’s stalled deportation plan have instead been sold to local buyers.

According to The Standard, the meeting between the two heads on Tuesday was surpassed by former home secretary Suella Braverman’s objection to “fallen expectations” over the 163 affordable houses on the Bwiza Riverside Estate in Kigali.

Journalists questioned Mr Kagame as he joined Number 10 whether the housing is being sold off but he did not answer. Some 70% of the possessions have now been purchased, meaning there is only room for a few dozen asylum seekers.

How Did Former Minister Suella Braverman React?

Ms Braverman, who has increasingly been a thorn in the Prime Minister’s flank since she was removed from her Cabinet role last year, expressed she is disappointed at the state of the Government’s asylum procedure. She previously represented the homes built as part of a 257-unit project as “beautiful” and complimented the interior design.

Who Bought Affordable Houses in Kigali?

The costs of the properties, supported as part of a public-private partnership between the Kigali government and ADHI Corporate Group, go between £14,000 and £27,000. A manager at the estate stated the homes have been marketed to “private people who want to live in them”.

Speaking to LBC, Ms Braverman stated: “I’m disappointed to read that expectations have fallen and that the Rwandans are now selling off some of those properties.” She counted: “The only way we generate a deterrent effect to stop people getting on the boats and coming to the UK illegally is regular flights, with hundreds of passengers on those flights being sent to Rwanda regularly. “I’m afraid the plan, as it stands today, won’t deliver that.”

Labour requested “urgent clarity” on the Rwanda scheme “farce” following the Times report, calling on the Prime Minister to handle it directly while the Commons is away on Easter recess. Shadow immigration minister Stephen Kinnock stated: “Now it seems there will be even less capacity to house those that are removed. The Tories’ so-called plan is unravelling by the day and taxpayers are footing the bill. It’s time for change.”

Are UK Asylum Policy Expectations Falling Short?

According to the latest Home Office stats, 82 migrants were caught crossing the English Channel in small boats on Monday, taking the count so far this year to 5,517. A Home Office spokesman stated: “As the government of Rwanda have made frequently clear, they stand prepared to host thousands of migrants under the collaboration.

“The project is uncapped and provisions are in a position to provide accommodation as needed. We remain concentrated on getting flights off the ground as soon as possible.” The Rwandan government has denied the amount of properties that have been marketed privately and demanded the scheme be one of several estates for migrants.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the Il24.it circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.