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MPs want 11 S Sudan rebels expelled from Kenya

06 June 2014, 13:48 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights MPs have called on Internal Security Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Ole Lenku to expel 11 South Sudan leaders living in Nairobi’s Windsor Hotel to their country to help with the ongoing peace negotiations.

The Caucus, led by Kibra MP, Ken Okoth said that the 11 leaders who were once detained and later released by South Sudan’s President, Salvar Kiir should participate in the ongoing peace process and “not living in opulence at the expense of the Kenyan taxpayer” while engaging in selfish and unbeneficial political reorganisation to their country.

“We state that it is in bad faith that a rebel leader in the person of Riek Machar should be given red carpet reception in Nairobi as that might portray Kenya as not being a neutral peace arbiter,” said Okoth.

The Kibra MP reminded President Uhuru Kenyatta that as chairman of Inter-Governmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD), he should be doing more to help in realisation of peace in South Sudan.

“We would encourage that any talks held in Kenya should be by both President Kiir and Riek Machar jointly in a manner that would not ferment suspicion. Kenya should not let its territory to be used by rebels for political reorganisation in the name of the ‘third force’ that are housed in Windsor and also by friends and kins of Riek Machar,” stated Okoth.

The caucus held that South Sudan still has legitimate government under President Kiir’s leadership thus Kenya should be working with the elected leaders lest it continues to host more refugees who would extend their conflicts to Kenyan soil in addition to emerging terrorism problem.

Ndhiwa MP, Agostino Neto accused President Kenyatta of failing as chair of IGADD to ensure that the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement is implemented.

“IGADD under its chair should have provided for monitors as well as military to ensure the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement,” said Neto.

Neto revealed that the Caucus will amend a motion already in Parliament to request IGADD to replace Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin as the chair of the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement with General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, who has experience in the position after helping in formulation of the previous Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

He said Caucus resolved that the 11 South Sudan should go through the normal asylum seeking process if they wish to do so, and that an adhoc Parliamentary committee be established and teamed up with South Sudan MPs to engage in constant consultation with all stakeholders, augmenting the work of IGADD and regularly inform the Kenyan Parliament on South Sudan crises with requisite resolutions.

The Ndhiwa Mp also stated that IGADD should consider the transfer of South Sudan peace negotiation process to Kenya since President Kenyatta is its chair adding that Kenya is the midwife of South Sudan’s CPA.

The Caucus expressed optimism that Kenya will be leading South Sudan to a ceasefire agreement, a negotiated political settlement and National cohesion and healing of the youngest nation in the world.

Other Caucus’s member legislators at the press conference at Parliament buildings were; nominated Senator Daisy Kaninza, Wajir South MP Abdlahi Diriye, and the Matungulu MP Stephen Mule.

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