Kenyan lawmakers considering sanctions on S. Sudan leaders

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October 13, 2016 (JUBA) –Members of the Kenyan parliament are
considering a motion to sanction politicians “perpetrating” the
violence in war-torn South Sudan.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) adresses a press conference
together with FVP Riek Machar (R) and SVP James Wani at the State
House on July 8, 2016 (Reuters Photo)

The chairman of Kenya’s security committee in Parliament, Asman Kamama
and his counterpart in the defence and foreign relations committee,
Ndugu’u Githinji both told in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi that the
motion would be considered next week.

“There are South Sudanese leaders who live and invest in Addis Ababa,
Nairobi, Khartoum and yet they are perpetrators of war in Juba, that
is why we want to bring a motion to impose sanction on such people to
ensure their assets are frozen,” said Githinji.

The world youngest nation descended into a conflict between forces
loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar in
2013. A peace agreement signed in August 2015 is at a verge of
collapse after fighting resumed in July, forcing Machar to flee Juba,
months after formation of a transitional national unity ggovernment .

Machar was replaced by Taban Deng Gai, the opposition’s ex-chief
negotiator, in July.

The Machar-led faction met in Khartoum and resolved to implement the
peace accord using all means, including by armed resistance, raising
fears of a renewed civil war.

Kenya, which played a key role in negotiating the peace agreement and
a guarantor to the shaky implementation of the peace accord, says a
return to war should be avoided.

“The African Union, East Africa Community and the United Nations must
say enough is enough and put an end to this war in South Sudan,”
Kamama told Kenya’s Citizen TV.

Kamama said South Sudanese politicians should not be allowed to fan
war in the region.

“We cannot allow people to stage wars from the peace and comfort of
hotels in Nairobi. The proposed sanctions will target property owned
by the perpetrators including barring their children from attending
costly schools in the country,” he said.

South Sudanese politicians have assets in neighboring countries where
their family members continue to lead lavish lives despite the
economic crisis sparked by the two years conflict. At least one
million South Sudanese have been displaced as refugees to neighboring
countries and millions others are facing acute food shortage in the

Kenyan MP Gethenji said Presient Salva and SPLM in Opposition leader
Machar must restrained from continuing the path of violence.

“We warn Mr Machar and his top generals that they will face tough
sanctions when the two committees table a motion in Parliament and we
urge him to pursue diplomatic channels,” said Gethenji.

It is not clear how the move by Kenyan parliamentaries will help ease
fighting in South Sudan. The international community, led by the
United States, have urged South Sudan neighbours to act on the
intransigent rival political leaders by targeting their assets.

Both President Kiir and Machar were named by the United States-based
advocacy group, the Sentry, to have mansions in Nairobi.


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    13 October 23:54, by Akol Liai Mager

    Go for it. Give them a choice to either invest the stolen money in
the Country, invest them in Khartoum which is the traditional enemy of
South Sudanese, or invest them in the thieves’ Bank of Swissland where
they will never be able to withdraw when they need them.

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    14 October 00:23, by Naath

    Look at this foolish Kenyan Law makers, they wrote nonsense with
no clear strategies, solution and definition.Idiot go for it.

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