South Sudan minister pledged to sue the Kenyan govt. for deporting his children.
Peter Mayen Majongdit has pledged to sue the Kenyan government for deporting his children.
Kenyan Immigration Department repatriated 14 youngsters living alone in a leased flat in Kisumu, Kenya’s third-biggest city, to Juba. Kenya suspects the kids may have slipped into the clutches of a child trafficking network.
According to Mayen, the children left Juba for Kenya on February 25 and 29, 2022, escorted by one of their uncles.
“My children have diplomatic passports and deserve diplomatic immunity as minister’s kids,” he stated Monday.
Mayen alleges the children were deported after he refused to pay a $100,000 bribe to Kenyan DCI.
“Despite being diplomats, Kenyan police detained my children in Kilimani at midnight on March 23.” Kenyan police threatened the embassy and child babysitter (DCI). I asked Kenya to bring home my 14 children. The kids are home!
“After reaching out to appropriate authorities, the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) wanted a ransom (sic) of $100,000 or my children would be sent to Children Rescue Centre and Court of Law,” he said.
Kenya’s Embassy in Juba and Immigration Department didn’t answer our calls.
The minister said yesterday he’ll make Kenya pay for its errors.
“Equal response for these deeds!” he dared
According to the South Sudan government official, bilateral cooperation between Kenya and South Sudan was crucial, and the government hadn’t submitted a petition since the matter was handled and the children were returned safely.
“We have strong bilateral links with Kenya, we have thousands of South Sudanese in Kenya, but this shouldn’t undermine our relationship,” he continued.
Deng and Major General Amou Aneith Reec welcomed 14 children ages 6 to 12.
Seven boys and girls.
The Kenyan authorities said the children lived without a caretaker, but Mayen said his brother and his brother’s wife accompanied them.
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