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Kenyan Gov’t apologizes for missing to attend S. Sudan peace celebration

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Monica Juma with President Salva Kiir during a meeting at J1. Photo: South Sudan Presidential Press Unit Nov. 12, 2018

The government of Kenya has apologized to the Kiir administration after it failed to send a representative to the South Sudan peace celebrations in Juba 2 weeks ago, a South Sudanese official has said.

The occasion which was held in Juba on October 31 was attended by the leaders of the neighboring countries except for Kenya.

Four days later, the Minister of Information – Michael Makuei – told the media that the government was disappointed with Kenya over the no-show.

According to the spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, the Kenyan government sent a delegation to Juba as a result.

“We yesterday received a delegation from Kenya…and so they are going back today to Nairobi” Ambassador Mawien Makol confirms the visit to Eye Radio on Tuesday.

The team – which arrived in Juba yesterday – was headed by the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs – Monica Juma.

“They came to apologize for having been unable to attend the peace celebrations that we did on 31st,” Ambassador Mawien said.

He said the Kenyan government reiterated its commitment to support the peace agreement by lobbying for international back up.

According to the South Sudan Presidential Press Unit, the Kenyan Special envoy and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Monica Juma delivered a congratulatory message from President Uhuru Kenyata to President Salva Kiir, for bringing peace and stability to the people of South Sudan.

In a statement posted by Press Unit in J1, the Cabinet Secretary, Monica Juma outlined that President Kenyata extends his best wishes and support to President Salva Kiir in implementing the peace agreement.

Kenyan Minister Monica reiterated the commitment of the Kenyan government to strengthen the working cooperation between the two countries.

Ambassador Monica Juma was accompanied by Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Mosyoka, former Minister of Foreign Affairs.