Government denies it is securing the release of Kenyans jailed in South Sudan

Kenyans react angrily

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Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed. PHOTO: ALJAZEERA

Kenyans’ spirit got dampened on Tuesday, December 5 after the State categorically said it was not in talks with South Sudan to release fellow countrymen are imprisoned there.

It had been reported by a section of the media that Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Monica Juma had travelled to the neighbouring country to receive the Kenyans following their alleged release.

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Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan Cleland Leshore visits the four Kenyans jailed in South Sudan over fraud, on March 14, 2017. PHOTO: THE STAR

There have been public outcry and pressure on the government from Kenyans who have joined hands with families of those detained, to ensure the four are released and brought back to the country.

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“Reports appearing in a section of the Kenyan press alleging that Ministry of Foreign Affairs PS Monica Juma has travelled to Juba to secure release of four Kenyans held in South Sudan jail is false,” reads a message by the ministry on its official Twitter handle.

Of course that did not please Kenyans who in turn bashed the ministry for its insensitivity and for neglecting its own who are suffering in a foreign jail. Kenyans asked the ministry to State the correct position after it dismissed the media reports.

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“The issue is not whether the PS has travelled, it is whether our compatriots are being released!” former gubernatorial aspirant Martha Karua replied to the tweet.

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Foreign Affairs PS Monica Juma. Ministry says she is not in South Sudan to receive “released Kenyans”. PHOTO: CITIZENNEWS

“You sound like you are bragging about doing nothing on the plight of the four Kenyans. Our Foreign Ministry is a sorry shame,” Twitter user Mike Rono observed.

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The four Kenyans; Antony Keya, Anthony Mwadime, Ravi Ramesh and Boniface Muriuki were sentenced to life after they were found guilty of attempting to defraud President Salva Kiir’s office.