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Opposition group questions Kenyan participation in S. Sudan force

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Kenya soldiers, the first batch of the troops who had served in the UNMISS, arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi Kenya, November 9, 2016, (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya Photo)
February 27, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese opposition group, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Friday questioned the aptitude of Kenyan peacekeepers to reintegrate the UN peacekeeping mission pointing to abduction and disappearance of refugees from the neighbouring country.

Last year, the Kenyan authorities handed over the spokesperson of SPLM-IO leader, James Gadet Dak because he had praised UN chief for sacking a Kenyan general from his position as the UNMISS force commander. Also, SPLM-IO members Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Ezbon Idri both went missing in Nairobi, on the 23rd and 24th of January 2017 respectively.

Kenya had withdrawn its troops from the UN peacekeeping mission in the country to protest the relief of General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki from his position. However, earlier this month and upon the request of the new UN secretary general, the President Uhuru Kenyatta accepted to rejoin the blue helmets in South Sudan.

The people of South Sudan are "deeply frustrated" and "doubt the ability of Kenya to act responsibly as part of the UN protection force or as a member of the IGAD peace process given the compromised position it has openly adopted," said the PDM chairman Hakim Dario in a statement released on Friday.

Dario further urged the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate "kidnappings of South Sudanese in Kenya and document the violations and abuses of human rights and atrocities committed by the government of South Sudan and its external networks".

During the different cases of disappearance of South Sudanese in Kenya, the opposition groups accused local authorities of corruption and complicity with South Sudanese security apparatus.

The PDM called on the neighbouring countries to desist and to prevent the kidnapping and deportation of South Sudanese refugees living in their countries.

(ST)

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  • 25 February 2017 13:18, by Akook

    A long jump for Kenya indeed. From known peacemaker in South Sudan since President Moi followed by Mwai Kibaki then to the surprisely abrupt change of mind by Uhuru to chose to act irresponsibly and recklessly!

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    • 25 February 2017 17:23, by Kuch

      Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyans have done the right thing by withdrawing their mercenaries out of our country. We are asking the Kenyans to get rid of their British army out of their *Nanyuki and Laikipia* on the pretext of training their *British army* in the tropics!! Who are these sleazy British criminals training in the tropics to fight???>>>

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    • 26 February 2017 06:06, by nuer food lovers

      This article is supposed to be released tomorrow.. Hahaha drunkard journalist

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  • 25 February 2017 13:40, by Kat Cok

    What is the date today? Is it Saturday February 25, 2017 or February 27, 2017?

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  • 25 February 2017 14:09, by Dalta Cirea

    Kenyan Government are not ready to protect civilian in South Sudan but kidnaping South Sudanese citizen in Their Country. Who will trust Kenyan army?

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  • 25 February 2017 20:45, by Loi loi

    Today is 25th not 27th. Just take tjis article back for editing mr editor.

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