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Kenya Considers Remarks By UN Officials In South Sudan Misguided

Kenya on Monday castigated a top UN official who accused Nairobi of prolonging the war in South Sudan by allegedly offering a safe passage for weapons that have destabilised Juba.

Foreign Affairs ministry said comments by United Nations Special Advisor for Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng were misguided.

“The allegations by the senior UN official insinuating Kenya’s complicity in trafficking large quantities of weapons and ammunition into South Sudan, are not only unfortunate and misguiding, but lack facts,” said Foreign Affairs secretary Monica Juma.

Oil-rich South Sudan gained independence from neighbouring Sudan in 2011 but slid into civil war in December 2013. More than 4 million people, a third of the population, have been uprooted by violence.

Juma said Kenya and neighbouring countries who are the sponsors of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) have had their “patience tested to the limit” but have continued to work on the peace solution in South Sudan.

“Guided by its principles of peaceful co-existence with its neighbours and other nations, and the resolution of conflicts by peaceful means, Kenya’s record is clear with regards to efforts in search for peace and stability in the Horn of Africa,” she said.

The 2015 peace deal, which fell apart in 2016, provided for elections to be held this year.

Ms Juma said Kenya is key in the establishment of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to curb violence and lead talks among the warring parties.

Last week, Kenya advised its nationals living or travelling to South Sudan to avoid visiting areas where armed conflicts and inter-ethnic violence have occurred within the last six months.

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