S. Sudanese politicians granted political asylum by Kenya

Seven South Sudanese politicians have been granted political asylum by Kenyan authorities.

S. Sudanese politicians granted political asylum by Kenya

World Bulletin / News Desk

Seven South Sudanese politicians have been granted political asylum by Kenyan authorities after allegedly organizing a coup to unseat South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.

One of the politicians, former justice minister John Luk Jok said: "The crisis in our country should be quickly resolved because we have seen the suffering of our people and that is not what they deserve and that is not what we had fought for, for many years and paid a lot of sacrifices. We are not for violence in our country."

Violence has subsided in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, but tension persists in far-flung areas. Government troops and rebels led by former Vice-President Riek Machar have repeatedly accused each other of violating a ceasefire signed a week ago.

The seven detainees, who had been released by South Sudan, were received in Nairobi by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who confirmed that eleven other detainees were still in detention.

"Some detainees still remain in custody. Together we will continue our conversation about them with our brother President Kiir. We will also establish the urgently needed monitoring and verification mechanism provided for the hostilities agreement signed on the 23 January."

The monitoring mechanism is expected to be approved by the regional block, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD on February 7th, when its member states meet in Nairobi.

South Sudan and Kenya are currently cooperating in three projects totaling $24 billion: the construction of a superhighway, an oil pipeline and a new railway linking Kenya’s Indian Ocean resort town of Lamu with Juba.

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