NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 16- The government has advised Kenyans against unnecessary travel to South Sudan due to insecurity in the neighboring country that threatened to slide into fresh civil war last week.
Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma announced that despite the latest calm situation reported in the country, “there are still high level of security risks.”
“Do to the fluid nature of the security situation and the assessed level of risk, the government wishes to advise Kenyans against non-essential travel to South Sudan until further notice,” Juma said in a statement issued late Friday.
She advised Kenyans living in South Sudan to urgently register with the Kenyan Embassy in Juba or contact Ambassador Cleland Leshore on telephone number +21195909900 or Gikonyo Karugu on telephone number +211954914167.
“The government has been, and continues to closely monitor the situation in South Sudan and will provide a regular update accordingly,” she assured.
Commercial flights to Juba resumed on Thursday to assist those ready to come back home.
The security deterioration in South Sudan was a result of sudden conflict between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar last week July 8.
The in the capital, Juba, led to the killing of at least 300 people, mainly soldiers.
It is understood that Kenya was set to start evacuating some of its nationals on Saturday after Uganda and Sudan started moving their people out on Wednesday.