4 Kenyans jailed in South Sudan free at last

Tuesday December 5 2017

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Anthony Keya Munialo, one of the four Kenyans who had been jailed in South Sudan. PHOTO | COURTESY 

By FRED MUKINDA
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Four Kenyans jailed for life in South Sudan for allegedly defrauding Juba government are expected back home on Wednesday.

Mr Anthony Mwadime,  Mr Ravi Ramesh, Mr Boniface Muriuki and Mr Anthony Keya were sentenced to life imprisonment over embezzlement of government funds.

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Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma is in South Sudan to receive them.

The Nation on Tuesday established that they were freed following talks between Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Salva Kiir.

The four Kenyans were in a group— including 12 South Sudan nationals— who were cumulatively jailed for 67 years.

At the time they were sentenced, Kenya and South Sudan did not have a prisoner exchange or extradition arrangement.

The families of the four had appealed to the government and the United Nations Human Rights Council to intervene.

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They complained the four were not given a fair hearing in Juba.

They further argued the sentences were harsh and that they were victims of business wars between rivals, one of whom was their employer, for lucrative government tenders.

Among the South Sudanese serving time is businessman John Agou, who was a senior security officer in President Kiir’s office and his wife Anyeth Chat Bol.

The two founded the business Click Technologies, which  supplied electronics to the Juba government and employed the four Kenyans.

Mr Agou, the court found, conspired with his employees to swindle the Office of the President and other ministries, by receiving payments for phantom deliveries.