PS Monica Juma officially presents to media four Kenyans freed from S.Sudan

Boniface Chuma, Ravi Ghaghda, Anthony Keya, and Anthony Wazome (first four from left) during the press briefing in Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: The Four Kenyans freed by the South Sudan government were on Thursday officially presented to the media by Foreign affairs PS Monica Juma after secretly being flown into the country.

The four who had been imprisoned since 2015 reportedly arrived late Wednesday, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma and two other government officials.

During a press briefing in Nairobi on Thursday, the four were unveiled to the media and reunited with their families by PS Monica Juma accompanied by State House Spokesperson Manoah Espisu.

“This four had been sentenced to life in prison but they have been pardoned through the intervention of Presidents, Uhuru and Salva Kiir.” Said the PS.

They were reunited with their families who have long lobbied the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to step in and secure their release following their arrest on suspicion of conspiring to steal o Sh1.4 billion from the office of President Kiir.

Boniface Chuma, Ravi Ghaghda, Anthony Keya, and Anthony Wazome were among a group that included 12 South Sudan nationals who were cumulatively jailed for 67 years for fraud and money laundering.

On Tuesday, PS is reported to have flown to Juba, fuelling speculation they had been freed but the Ministry of Foreign affairs denied the reports.

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