Kenya Quits IGAD-Led South Sudan Peace Process
Nov 02, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Reacting to decision by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki Moon, in New York, Keny has called it a quit over South Sudan peace process.
The neighbor will now withdraw its peacekeepers and all peace monitors and rapporteur including the JMEC Deputy Chairperson, Lt. Gen. Augostino S.K. Njoroge
According to the statement of the government of the Republic of Kenya, seen by Nyamilepedia Press, the government of Kenya is convinced that the process leading to sacking of their son, Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, did not only lack transparency but also did not involve any “formal consultations” with the government of Kenya.
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Kenya also believes that UNMISS failure is structural or systemic and therefore it should not be blamed on one individual general.
For these reasons Kenya has decided to withdraw all its efforts to help restore peace in South Sudan.
The government of Kenya has rejected the decision by Ban ki Moon to dismiss their general, Lt. Gen. Ondieki, and also refused to acknowledge the request to appoint a new UNMISS Force commander to replace the outgoing general.
With immediate effect, Kenya is withdrawing its troops from South Sudan and has ceased plans to contribute troops to the Regional Protection Force.
“Withdraw, immediately, Kenyan troops currently in deployment in South Sudan, and discontinue plans to contribute to the Regional Protection Force”
In conclusion, the Republic of Kenya will no longer be part of South Sudan Peace Process as it reads:
“It has therefore decided to disengage from the South Sudan Peace Process”
It remains unclear if Kenya has been planning to withdraw from South Sudan Peace process; however, President Uhuru and foreign affairs ministers hosted US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in August this year and promised to send troops immediately to South Sudan as part of the UNSC resolution to adopt 4000 Regional Protection Force.
Although critics, who went viral on social media, believe that Kenya is making an emotional decision over a petty issue, observers argue that Kenya is making a well thought decision to fully endorse and support one side in South Sudan conflict.
The new shift could consolidate political ties between the two governments of Kenyatta and Kiir but it could polarize social fabrics between South Sudanese and Kenyans in both countries.