Kenya ready for South Sudan refugee influx

December 19, 2013 1:18 pm
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Lenku announced that the government has worked on logistical measures in case of a refugee influx from that country/AFP
Lenku announced that the government has worked on logistical measures in case of a refugee influx from that country/AFP
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku says the government is closely monitoring the security situation in South Sudan after a failed coup attempt.

Lenku says the government has put enough security measures to ensure communities living near borders are safe.

Addressing the media on Thursday, Lenku announced that the government has worked on logistical measures in case of a refugee influx from that country.

“We take cognisance of the unfortunate development in South Sudan but again we have made the necessary preparation with security with regards to our borders, “he said.

He added; “South Sudan is our neighbour and a strategic partner and as a country we wish their situation returns to normalcy.”

He said diplomatic engagement had been initiated on the matter.

“Diplomatic initiatives have been started from this end fronted by the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs,” he said.

Top ministers from four regional nations flew to troubled South Sudan on Thursday to kick start efforts to end days of fighting that has raised fears of a return to civil war in the young country.

Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, who said she was “en-route to South Sudan to offer first hand assistance”, told AFP she was with teams from Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda.

“It’s a regional issue and the government of Kenya must be part of the solution process,” she said.

All are members of the regional body, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), whose members played key roles in pushing forward the 2005 deal that ended Sudan’s two decades of long civil war with the south.

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