A Kenyan politician is calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to deport the leader of SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar, if he continues with aggression in South Sudan.
Weston Wanjohi, who is an Aspirant for Roysambu Constituency in the 2017 Kenyan General elections, says the Kenyan government should reject Dr. Machar from using Nairobi as his base to launch rebel activities.
This is in light of a press briefing Dr. Machar had in Nairobi on the eve of South Sudan’s 4th Independence anniversary, where he threatened to mobilize mass action if President Kiir fails to step down in 12 hours.
Mr. Wanjohi has for the last one week been posting statements on his Facebook page under the hashtag; #DeportMachar -condemning the continuation of violence in South Sudan while Dr. Machar and his group are being offered -what he calls- best hospitality in Kenya.
Mr. Wanjohi received some considerable support from his followers on facebook, while the reactions from South Sudanese on 3 of his post have been nothing short of usual tribal division and sentiments.
Wanjohi asked in a statement why Kenya’s President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, allow Riek Machar to threaten to mobilise the ousting of President Kiir.
”Don’t we respect foreign legitimate governments? The relevant cabinet secretary is asleep and must be made to issue a statement tomorrow morning. We cannot allow rebels to use Nairobi as a command base,” his statement reads.
Wanjohi further accused Riek Machar of using a strategy to push President Kiir into accepting a ‘Raila Odinga style’ government arrangement.
Wanjohi also stated that he will proceed to court and seek a deportation order for Riek Machar if he tries to make Nairobi a rebel base.
The politician added, ”that’s a promise.”
On social media, Kenyans continue to express concern over Machar using Nairobi as a ‘rebels’ base’ and threatening President Kiir on Kenya’s national TV.
Kenyans on Twitter also expressed disdain at Riek Machar’s threats aired on K24 TV station on the eve of independence day, calling for his expulsion and asking, ”why is Kenya letting Riek Machar order the slaughter of innocent people from the comfort of his Nairobi home?”
Riek Machar’s calls came after President Kiir’s mandate was extended to 2018 on the 8th of July.