AU diplo­mat robbed, left stranded in Kenya

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NAIROBI — A se­nior of­fi­cial with the African Union (AU) is stranded in Kenya after his travel doc­u­ments and con­fi­den­tial files went miss­ing in Nairobi dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence that ended on Mon­day.

Is­lam Swaleh, Daily Na­tion re­ported, was a pol­icy of­fi­cer with the African Union’s Pri­vate Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment. His bag, he claimed, was stolen on Thurs­day around 16:30 at the 6th Tokyo In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on African De­vel­op­ment.

Swaleh said his travel doc­u­ments — in­clud­ing his African Union, East African Com­mu­nity and Kenyan pass­ports — were all in­side the bag that also con­tained a lap­top, copies of of­fi­cial doc­u­ments, air tick­ets, a driv­ing li­cence and car keys, among other per­sonal ef­fects.

Swaleh left his bag on top of a ta­ble when he went to col­lect his ac­cred­i­ta­tion at the Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, which was the venue of the sum­mit.

A few min­utes later, he learnt that the bag was miss­ing and he re­ported the mat­ter to the se­cu­rity of­fi­cers at the venue. The sus­pect was cap­tured on cam­era walk­ing away with the bag.

He (sus­pect) was dressed in a white shirt and a black pair of trousers. He car­ried the bag in his right hand and a white phone in the other hand.

The in­ci­dent took place de­spite The Stan­dard re­port­ing that the event was heav­ily se­cured to en­sure threats of ter­ror and other do­mes­tic el­e­ments were kept at bay. — AP

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