Gov’t pulling peace­keep­ers from South Su­dan in protest

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

NAIROBI (AP): KENYA IS pulling out its 1,000 troops de­ployed to South Su­dan as part of the UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion and stop­ping fu­ture de­ploy­ments after the UN sec­re­tary gen­eral fired the force’s Kenyan com­man­der, the for­eign af­fairs ministry said.

In a fur­ther blow to re­gional ef­forts to calm the civil war, Kenya said it is also dis­en­gag­ing from the South Su­dan peace process in which it has been in­stru­men­tal as a bro­ker, guar­an­tor and mon­i­tor.

The fir­ing of Kenyan Lt Gen John­son Mo­goa Ki­mani Ondieki came after an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion sharply crit­i­cised peace­keep­ers’ re­sponse to deadly at­tacks in July on a UN com­pound hous­ing 27,000 dis­placed peo­ple in South Su­dan’s cap­i­tal, Juba. The probe also found that peace­keep­ers did not re­spond to calls for help as South Su­danese sol­diers ram­paged through a nearby com­pound pop­u­lar with for­eign­ers.

The fir­ing was an­nounced shortly after the in­ves­ti­ga­tors’ re­port was re­leased.

DE­PLOY­MENT UN­CER­TAIN

Kenya has a lit­tle more than 1,000 troops in the UN peace­keep­ing force in South Su­dan, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. Kenya also had pledged to con­trib­ute troops for an ad­di­tional 4,000 peace­keep­ers, whose de­ploy­ment re­mains un­cer­tain amid op­po­si­tion from some South Su­dan of­fi­cials.

No more, Kenya’s for­eign ministry said. A state­ment at­trib­uted to Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Monica Juma said the process of fir­ing Ondieki lacked trans­parency, with­out for­mal con­sul­ta­tion with Kenya’s gov­ern­ment. It said the move “re­vealed a high de­gree of dis­re­spect for our coun­try”.

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