South Sudan

Kenyatta Orders Armed Deployment In Juba

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“The Kenyans are mainly in the town of Bor, in Jonglei State. There are also Kenyans in the towns of Rumbek, Ayod, and Panyabol, who will also be airlifted to safety,” the statement reads.

Below is the full Statement on the South Sudan Political Crisis


As you are well aware, this week started with South Sudan facing a number of serious challenges that threaten Africa’s youngest state, and a stable partner in our drive to grow the infrastructure in our region.


The South Sudan capital of Juba has returned to relative calm, which has allowed dialogue to kick in.


A Ministerial delegation from the development agency IGAD is already in Juba and has started mediation between the parties involved.


Our own Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, is in that team.


As a neighbour with knowledge of the South Sudan and who has worked closely with the government there, the government has sent additional mediators to help with the dialogue.


They include General (Rtd) Elijah Sumbeiywo, as well Amb. Bethwel Kiplagat, Rev. Julius Kobia, Hon. Dalmas Otieno, Amb. Elijah Matibo and Hon Mark Too.


Despite the relative calm in Juba, a number of other South Sudan towns have come under fire, and as a result, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), has now ordered the KDF to commence immediate evacuation of the one thousand six hundred (1,600) Kenyans stranded in South Sudan.


The Kenyans are mainly in the town of Bor, in Jonglei State. There are also Kenyans in the towns of Rumbek, Ayod, and Panyabol, who will also be airlifted to safety.


The President has also ordered the immediate delivery of food, water and medicine to South Sudan to assist tackle the emergency.


The delivery of these emergency supplies started this morning. Kenyan military aircraft are delivering consignments to South Sudan.


We remain engaged with the Government of South Sudan as well as other players in the conflict, as a good neighbour would.


We look forward to full normalcy being restored to the South Sudan as soon as is possible.


In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is keeping a close eye on the events in South Sudan and will keep Kenyans and friends of Kenya fully informed.


Manoah Esipisu

Secretary of Communication & State House Spokesperson

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