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AU Diplomat robbed, left stranded in Kenya

31 August 2016, 14:25

Nairobi - A senior official with the African Union (AU) is stranded in Kenya after his travel documents and confidential files went missing in Nairobi during the international conference that ended on Monday.

Islam Swaleh, Daily Nation reported, is a policy officer with the African Union’s Private Sector Development. His bag, he claimed, was stolen on Thursday around 16:30 at the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development. 

Swaleh said his travel documents — including his African Union, East African Community and Kenyan passports — were all inside the bag that also contained a laptop, copies of official documents, air tickets, a driving licence and car keys, among other personal effects.

Swaleh had gone for an accreditation card and placed his bag on top of a table at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, which was the venue of the summit. 

A few minutes later, he learnt that the bag was missing and he reported the matter to the security officers at the venue.

The suspect was captured on camera walking away with the bag.

Read alsoGALLERY: TICAD 2016 behind the scenes

He (suspect) was dressed in a white shirt and a black pair of trousers. He was seen carrying the bag with his right hand and a white phone in the left hand.

The incident took place despite The Standard reporting that the event was heavily secured to ensure threats of terror and other domestic elements were kept at bay.

The event went on without a hitch and was praised by Japan as being one of the best ever held.

It was the first time the conference was held on the African soil.

TICAD is a conference which aims to open up business between Japan and developing countries in the world.

- News24


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