June 28th 2017

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Kin of 4 jailed in Juba urge Uhuru to honour vow on trial of Kenyans abroad

They are even going to the extent of reminding the President that when his case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) was withdrawn, he is on record stating that, he will not allow any other Kenyan to be tried in a foreign court.

By Priscillah Wanjirupwanjiru@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 14 Mar 2017 13:26 EAT

Pictures of the four Kenyans jailed in South Sudan.

Eyes are now on President Uhuru Kenyatta to act and secure release of the country’s citizens who have been jailed for life in South Sudan prisons over alleged plot to defraud the new government. The families of the four Kenyans (Boniface Muriuki, Antony Mwandime, Antony Kenya and Ravid Bhaghda) have wriiten petitioning President Kenyatta to intervene and have them released.

The Kenyan head of state plays a major in regional peace under the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which mediated between President Salva Kiir Mayard and rebels to resolve South Sudan's civil war. It is under this background that the families of detained suspects are convinced that Kenyatta’s intervention can secure their release.

The families say they have decided to write directly to the president after they were allegedly denied audience by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The detainees have been cells since they were arrested In May 2015.They were locked up in a military camp in South Sudan.

According to the families, the president should at least show concern and respond to their cries and have them released, claiming that they were wrongly arrested. They are even going to the extent of reminding the President that when his case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) was withdrawn, he is on record stating that, he will not allow any other Kenyan to be tried in a foreign court.

He further declared that, Kenya as a country has closed up the chapter of the ICC. He urged all Kenyans to reject such interference. “This is our country, and no one should ever try and control our choices for their selfish interests”, he is quoted to have said that then.

They are calling on the president to hold negotiations with the South Sudan government, adding that after the release of the 7 political detainees who were set free by the South Sudan President Kiir, the president said that he will still engage the government of South Sudan and the  President to make sure that the remaining four detainers are set free.

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