Kenyan government issues travel warning on parts of South Sudan
The government of Kenya has issued travel warning to all its citizens not visit several areas in South Sudan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade released the statement on Monday morning warning citizens not to travel to some parts of the country that were affected by conflict in the last six months.
Specifications were made to Kenyans living parts of the Greater Upper Nile region, particularly the states of Bieh, Latjoor, Akobo, Jonglei, Northern Liech and parts of Maiwut, Eastern Nile, Boma and Yei River.
Kenyans have invested in various sectors in South Sudan ever since a comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) was signed more than seven years ago.
The investors have made a progress in various sectors including banking,hospitality insurance, construction,aviation, (ICT), transportation, among others.
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The Wednesday morning alert comes after rebels captured Kenyan Captains Frank Njoroge and Kennedy Shamalla in the area of Akobo, Great Upper Nile region, near South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia.
The captain’s plane developed technical problems before crashing killing South Sudan national and several head of cattle. Rebels demanded Sh10 million compensation for a family whose kin died in the crash.The two pilots however have since been released after Sh10.8million settlement.
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South Sudan has ever experienced war since 2013 after President Salva Kiir fired Riek Machar resulting into a conflict has displaced a significant population and sawa shut down most of the oil production that strained the economy.
Pilots through the chairman of the Kenya Airline Pilots Association want the government to ensure their security during operations in risky areas
Muriithi Nyagah underscored the need for this following the then detention of their two colleagues in South Sudan.
Captain Nyagah asked the Foreign Affairs and Transport ministries to provide a framework that secures Kenyan pilots working in insecure areas.