Juba: Jailed Kenyan convicts on way home after release

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

One the four Kenyans who had been jailed for life in south Sudan greets a relative on December 07, 2017.

Anthony Mwadime, Ravi Ramesh, Boniface Muriuki and Anthony Keya are among 16 people charged by South Sudan's High Court with embezzling $14 million and €30 million.

This is following the failure by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to confirm that for sure the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma had traveled to Juba, in South Sudan to secure their release and facilitate their homecoming.

The Nation learnt that they were freed following talks between Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Salva Kiir.

According to the sources from the Foreign Affairs, their release was as a result of the bilateral talks between the President Kenyatta and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir, who had talks in state house a day after Uhuru's inauguration of a second term in office.

They were in a group including 12 South Sudan nationals who were also cumulatively jailed for 67 years.

There have been public outcry and pressure on the government from Kenyans who have joined hands with families of those detained, to ensure the four are released and brought back to the country. They lamented that the individuals were not accorded a fair hearing in Juba, and that the sentences were too harsh.

The two founded the business Click Technologies which supplied electronic items to the Juba government and employed the four Kenyans.

The company would later be accused of swindling the Office of the President of South Sudan and other ministries out of billions by receiving payments for no deliveries made.

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