Majok Guandong Reacts to Kenyan Government’s Protest Letter

Posted: August 22, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan
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22 August 2012—(Nairobi) — South Sudan has responded to Kenyan government’s protest letter, expressing concerns over killing of its citizens in the world’s newest state.

In the letter sent last week, Kenya warned that the killings could lead to revenge attacks in the country.

Addressing a press conference in Nairobi on Wednesday, South Sudan ambassador to Kenya, Majok Guandong referred to the killings as isolated cases.

He said the government is looking into the matter.

[Majok Guandong]: “We have seen in the press for the last few days, weeks, the question of Kenyans that have died in South Sudan. Indeed it is sad to lose lives. But this are isolated cases. These are cases that are committed by individuals and the government of the Republic of South Sudan has already taken some measures. All the culprits that committed such crimes are now under law. The law will take its cause.”

According to a statement presented in Parliament by Kenya’s Foreign minister Sam Ongeri, 24 Kenyans have been killed in South Sudan since 2008.

The recent uproar was sparked off by the death of a Kenyan pharmacist, Joseph Matu who died after he was tortured while under police custody after he resisted arrest on allegations of selling counterfeit drugs.

The media quoted Kenya’ assistant minister of Foreign Affairs, Richard Onyonka as saying that Kenya hosts hundreds of South Sudanese in the country and they are concerned that the killings in South Sudan could see the same reciprocated in Kenya.

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