Ministry denies securing release of Kenyans jailed in South Sudan


Nairobi,KENYA:The ministry of foreign affairs has denied reports that it has secured the release of four Kenyans who have been jailed in South Sudan since 2015.

In a tweet the ministry termed the reports as false.

This follows reports appearing on several Kenyan media houses that the foreign affairs PS Monica Juma had traveled to Juba on Tuesday morning to receive the four Kenyans.

The reports alleged that the four were to be released on Wednesday after president Uhuru Kenyatta secured their release in talks with president Salva Kiir during the inauguration dinner.

The reports further alleged that by the time the four were jailed the two nations had not yet signed a prisoner repatriation pact.

The four Antony Mwadime, Ravi Ghaghda, Boniface Muriuki and Antony Keya who were working for Click technologies in the South Sudanese capital Juba were convicted by a court in South Sudan in 2016 after being found guilty of conspiring to fraud the South Sudanese central bank of approximately  $19 million by forging signatures of high ranking South Sudanese officials including president Salva Kiir during the civil war between 2013 and 2015.

However their families have denied that they were involved in any cross border money laundering project saying they were victims of business rivalry between their employer who was jailed alongside them and other companies over lucrative government tenders.