The heartrending accounts of the hostility Kenyans are being subjected to in South Sudan are worrying and cause for alarm. A high number of Kenyan investors in South Sudan are increasingly coming back home distressed, some having being robbed of millions of shillings investments or harassed into submission by citizens of the world’s newest State.
Others have paid the ultimate price with their lives with no one held liable for the cruel murders. The situation has further been aggravated by the Kenyan Government’s inertia in addressing this hostility, with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Kenyan Embassy in South Sudan busy engaging in lip service as citizens are treated to horrifying aggression.
Tales of Kenyan traders being branded thieves and harlots by locals are appalling. This is unacceptable and the matter should not be taken lightly.
Kenya tenderly hosted hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees during their hour of need. No hostility was directed to these immigrants, a fact the South Sudan populace still residing in Kenya can attest to. It thus beats logic that enterprising Kenyans who have invested millions of shillings in businesses trying to revive Juba are being treated like space invaders by neighbours.
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