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Kenya to release arrested South Sudanese after issuance of ID cards


Undocumented South Sudanese released in Nyeri town Kenya after the intervention of the embassy in Nairobi on 30 August 2018 (ST photo)

September 1, 2018 (JUBA) - Kenya Saturday said ready to release hundreds of undocumented South Sudanese detained in the east African Nation but asked Juba to provide them with Identity cards.

This measure was decided by the Kenyan government after a meeting on Thursday between the South Sudanese Ambassador in Nairobi Chol Ajongo and officials at the Kenyan foreign ministry.

Recently Kenyan police arrested hundreds of South Sudanese within the framework of a campaign on illegal migrants. The matter triggered a wave of reactions among the South Sudanese community members and forced the South Sudanese authorities to seek their release through its embassy in Nairobi.

The anti-illegal migrant crackdown touched South Sudanese residing in Karatina, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyeri and Bonguma.

In a statement released on 29 August, the South Sudanese foreign ministry said minors, expecting mothers and people with severe medical conditions were among the detainees and underscored that the South Sudanese are citizens of the East African Community who have no entry visa.

In a letter to the South Sudanese Embassy in Nairobi dated on 31 August seen by Sudan Tribune, the Kenyan foreign ministry requested the diplomatic mission to issues identification documents for the arrested South Sudanese and to deliver copies of the ID cards to the police stations where they are under arrest, the foreign ministry and the State Department of Interior

"This approach will not only facilitate the expeditious release of the affected South Sudanese but also ensure that they are not rearrested once they are released to the custody of the Embassy," reads the letter.

Earlier this week, the South Sudanese embassy managed to release 38 out of 41 nationals at Nyeri house of arrest, the 3 other were holders of UN refugees cards. However, the Kenyan authorities requested emergency travelling document to secure their release.


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  • 2 September 2018 13:30, by Kush Natives

    What’s the benefits of the East African membership’s rules here? If innocent people who are running after their studies aren’t allowed freedom? Kenya’s government should cease misbehaving, this is a serious question for the Kenyan government to answer, there are 1 million and 1/4 Kenyan citizens working today in South Sudan. Looting South Sudanese people isn’t the shortest way to get rich!

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    • 2 September 2018 15:21, by Eastern

      Now tell the forum, how many Rwandans, Tanzanians and Burundians have left their villages for Juba, Wau, Malakal, Nimule and Torit? The Number of Kenyans you have cited as WORKING in South Sudan are WORKING! They are not just consumers like the South Sudanese families hiding in Kenya; mind you, MOST of the South Sudanese affected by the swoop are dinka!

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      • 2 September 2018 15:24, by Eastern

        Don’t blame the headaches that come with being members of the EAC too soon! The money looted by regime officials in Juba some of which was thrown away by villagers in chapong could have helped some of these people to become investors in other EA countries. If that money was not wasted on the sharp Kenyan women here in Juba!

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        • 2 September 2018 15:28, by Eastern

          Next time if the country ever gets peace and stability, you better advise your cousins up there to be frugal. Don’t blame the Kenyan workers toiling day and and night (yes I am told some are members of the unknown gunmen) to earn a living. Blame the South Sudanese who instead to hambling themselves in Kakuma, chose to stary out to Bungoma, Nairobi, etc in pursuit of good things which they can’t...

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          • 2 September 2018 15:30, by Eastern

            ...afford. You find a family house designed for 5 members of the family accommodating up to 20 people. This unhygienic and not acceptable. This time round, the gates to Australia and Canada for resettlement are firmly closed!

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            • 2 September 2018 19:15, by South South


              You are in Canada because someone opened the gate for you to go there. Why are you against other South Sudanese opportunities to go there?

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              • 2 September 2018 20:22, by Kush Natives

                Really childish and immature contribution on this particular case. Yes, I know that all those are Dinka, but is it a crime to raise awareness on their behalf? "gebil’lia" resettlement is closed yes, but taking pride of it alone? Is it bad, if you see them following you ya losi inta?

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            • 2 September 2018 20:29, by jubaone

              These young men could be either herding cows in the luaks or cultivating to feed their hungry kin. There´s no war in jiengeland and idling in Kenya aint a good idea either. They must be deported to SS immediately.

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            • 2 September 2018 20:34, by jubaone

              True. As early as June this year close to 30 mostly jienge youths were deported from the US to SS and most ended in Juba, exacerbating the thuggery and crime rate. Another 260 again mostly jienge refugee rowdies have been incacerated in Australia in detention camps. The Austarlian Govt in Canberra doesnt know what to do with them

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