Kenyatta tells Kiir, Machar to move troops out of Juba


Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on his South Sudan counterpart President Salva Kiir and his First Vice President Riek Machar to move heavy weaponry and huge contingents of soldiers out of civilian spaces in the capital Juba.

This was revealed Sunday at a press briefing in Nairobi by State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu.

Esipisu said President Kenyatta had reached out to his counterpart to a call for a cessation of the hostilities that began at the Presidential palace on Friday.

“It is with profound regret that we have observed the renewed fighting unravel in South Sudan,” Kenyatta said in a statement posted on State House Kenya website.

“This is truly a very sad and difficult time for our neighbour. We join the region, and the global community, in calling for a cessation to these brutal actions that endanger the lives of ordinary citizens.”

Kenyatta hoped that stability will soon be restored for the sake of the people of South Sudan, whose freedom was so painfully won.

He cited two important things: First, the President urges President Salva Kiir, First Vice President Dr Riek Machar and Vice President James Wani Igga to play the leadership roles the people of South Sudan expect them to play during this critical time.

“They should work closely together to resolve the latest crisis.”

Secondly, the President Kenyatta urged President Kiir, First Vice President Machar and Vice President Wani to urgently move heavy weaponry and huge contingents of soldiers out of civilian spaces of the capital Juba.

“We in the region stand ready to support law enforcement activities in the capital.”

Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe on Saturday said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was yet to receive any report of Kenyans casualties following the recent wave of violence and was working to ensure none are.

Kenyatta supported the South Sudan peace talks at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia which came to fruition in August 2015.

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