BREAKING NEWS: Warning issued against Kenya citizens living in South Sudan
26, January 2017 (Nyamilepedia) — A warning that includes a standing order to security officials has been issued against Kenyans living and working in South Sudan especially those in areas controlled by the armed opposition, SPLM/A-IO
This comes Just hours after South Sudanese activists were kidnapped and detained in Kenya by Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, raising tensions on both sides of the border.
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According to a standing order seen by Nyamilepedia, the Deputy Governor of Bieh State, Brig. Gen Koang Rambang, has issued an order to intelligence and security officials to detain or prevent escape of any Kenyan within Opposition controlled territories with immediate effect.
This is believed to be a retaliation for the kidnapping of two opposition and human rights activists in Nairobi, Kenya.
The opposition officials were kidnapped in Kenyans’ on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, and were detained by Kenyan security for no clear reasons.
The kidnapped officials have not been charged or allowed legal access to their lawyers and families but the security officials in Kenya said the two are to be deported and handed over to Salva Kiir government in Juba.
Many fear there could be retaliation from supporters of those Kidnapped which could threaten the normal activities of Kenyans in the country especially in opposition controlled areas.
International Human rights organisations have condemned Kenya’s detention of the activists and called for Kenya to respect its international obligations under the Geneva convention to protect individuals rights and protect them from any kind of harm.
Dong Samuel Luak is a well known Human Right Activist and prominent lawyer who fled South Sudan after falling out with the regime of President Salva Kiir.
Before fleeing his country Dong was issued with death threats by the regimes security.
Dong has worked as head of South Sudan law society and was also member of East Africa law society. He has worked with several international agencies on legal practice issues related to South Sudan.
Other kidnapped official, Aggrey Idri, is a South Sudanese economist and former chairman of Nie Commercial Bank in South Sudan. He is currently the head of the Humanitarian committee for South Sudan’s armed opposition, SPLM/A-IO.
Both officials live with their families in Kenya after fleeing from the regime of president Salva Kiir in hope to find safety in Kenya.
International organisations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty international, Kenya Human Rights organisations and US advocacy group, the Enough Project, have all called on Kenyan government to respect it’s international Human Rights obligation and immediately release the duo.
A senior opposition figure speaking from inside South Sudan’s Upper Nile, who refused to give his full name as he was not allowed to speak on the matter, has warned that the communities of those kidnapped and detained could retaliate against Kenyan citizens in South Sudan, saying the opposition cannot guarantee safety of every Kenyan citizens around the country any more.
The official said Kenyan government had been previously warned about kidnapping South Sudanese citizens in Kenya and sending them against their will and against the law, handing them over to South sudanese security to face torture and prosecution.
The official said Kenyan government should now take full responsibility for its actions by interfering in South Sudan’s internal conflict.
South Sudan’s armed pposition is known to control vast areas in the country ranging from Upper Nile, Western Bahr El Ghazal and the wider Equatoria.
Many Kenyan citizens are believed to be working with organisations and also in the private business.
Nyamilepedia is following the latest development in the saga between the Kenyan government kidnapping and deporting South Sudanese activists.
More investigations are underway!!!