NAIROBI - The Kenyan government blamed Kiir administration for the killing of Kenyan citizens who are working or doing business in South Sudan and the Kibaki administration has warned that the killings could lead to revenge attacks in the country.
The death of 24 Kenyans in South Sudan since 2008 has caused uproar among Kenyan citizens, and government official accused South Sudan Security organs of killing Kenyan citizens.
According to the reports seen by The Upper Nile Times, Kenya Foreign Affairs Minister put blame on Juba government for failing to protected foreigners from the attackers, particularly (from the South Sudan security organs) and the minister warned that the killings could lead to revenge attacks in Kenya.
Onyonka, who is the assistant minister of foreign affairs said, “the government was troubling by the killings and mistreatment of Kenyan citizens in South Sudan.”
"We have written a protest note to the South Sudan government over the ongoing trend where Kenyans are being killed on weekly and monthly basis,” he said.
The Minister said that the country hosted thousand of South Sudanese in the country as refugees, employees and traders.
“We have hundreds of Sudanese in the country and we are concerned that the killings in South Sudan could see the same reciprocated here,” he continued citing that there could be a revenge attack toward South Sudanese who live in Kenya.
“We are good neighbors who have assisted each other in various forums, but we feel that enough is not done to protect Kenyans in South Sudan,” he added.
There was a tense debate in Kenya's parliament as some of the MPs from opposition party accused the Kibaki government of doing little to protect the lives of Kenyans in South Sudan.
"There is no doubt that the number of Kenyans in South Sudan is considerable. However, their numbers pale into insignificance compared to South Sudanese residing in Kenya. Indeed, there are many South Sudanese who have never known any other home apart from Kenya," reading from the statement.
The Upper Nile Times