, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 9 — The government has expressed concern over the flare-up of violence in South Sudan’s Juba capital with spokesman Eric Kiraithe calling for a cessation of hostilities.
In a statement, he has however sought to assure that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is working to ensure the safety of Kenyans living and working in Juba.
“Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in touch with our embassy in Juba and the leadership of South Sudan to ensure the safety of Kenyan citizens living and working in that country,” he said.
No reports of Kenyan casualties, he said, have yet been received.
“The embassy is currently engaged in efforts to account for the whereabouts of Kenyans in South Sudan.”
He has welcomed the swift action to restore peace through the setting up of a bi-partisan government committee and extended Kenya’s support.
“Kenya welcomes the announcement by President Kiir to set up a bipartisan Government committee headed by the Minister for Interior to facilitate cessation of violence. It is now our expectation that this committee will immediately get to work.
“As a region, IGAD remains steadfast and committed if called upon to help in the mediation efforts. We will be monitoring the situation closely and are ready to work together with our brothers and sisters in South Sudan to restore peace.” He said.
South Sudan only recently formed a government of national unity and the resurgence of violence has been met with great disappointment.
“It is with deep disappointment that our Government has learned of a fresh wave of fighting in Juba, South Sudan involving factions of the recently constituted Government of National Unity,” Kiraithe said.