State: We’ll not pay ransom for release of Cuban doctors

Foreign Affairs CS Dr Monica Juma with European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini during a press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday. (Standard)
The Government has ruled out negotiations on ransom payment for two Cuban doctors abducted by suspected Al Shabaab militia from Mandera County, and believed to be in captivity in Somalia.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma, however, assured that the Government was determined to secure the release of Dr Asel Herera Corea and Dr Landy Rodriguez — a physician and surgeon, respectively.

Reports suggested the abductors had demanded for Sh150 million to release the two who were seized last month during an attack on the border town.

“The Government will not hold any negotiations with such perpetrators, but I can assure you that they will return safely back home,” Ms Juma said yesterday.

She spoke during a joint press conference with European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

They were expected to discuss matters pertaining the cross-border conflict management that has been lingering as a problem in the Kenya-Somalia border.

Morgherini said she was confident with the work that Kenya had put in areas of peace, security and trade.

“This means that our cooperation will further strengthen our relationships with Kenya and give room for job creation and improve social-economic welfare of Kenyans,” she said.

She said security was an aspect that affect our neighbouring countries such as Sudan.

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Cuban doctorsDr Asel Herera CoreaForeign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica JumDr Landy RodriguezEuropean Union High RepresentativeMandera County