State rules out talks with Anthony Chinedu
By Lonah Kibet
| June 20th 2013
By Lonah Kibet
The Government has ruled out negotiating with deported Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu on his return to Nairobi as a condition for release of Kenyans held in Lagos, Nigeria.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed said the Government will, however, intensify ongoing diplomatic talks with Nigerian authorities.
“We need time to talk with Nigerian government before we make any comments on the issue. We need to ensure that the consultations are not interfered with by the comments we will make,” said Mohammed.
She was speaking yesterday during a breakfast meeting in Nairobi with European Union heads. Mohammed dispelled the notion that Kenya is moving away from its traditional partners in Europe.
Seven Government officials and five-airline crew of a private jet hired to deport ten foreigners, including five Nigerians, among them Chinedu, are stuck in the West African nation. The 12 have been detained for almost two weeks at Murtala Muhammed International Airport as Nigerian authorities claim Chinedu was not procedurally deported.
Yesterday, Mohammed revealed she had made contact with Nigeria but refused to divulge information on the level of engagement.
She said providing more details on the saga may jeopardise consultations and thus affect the progress of ensuring Kenyans and the jet are released.
“There are a lot of bilateral consultations between the two governments to see how the issue can be resolved. I can’t give you more information as it will complicate issues under consultation,” she said.
When pressed to explain further on the negotiations, Mohammed asked journalists to give the ministry time to address the matter.
The detained Government officials are Barasa Okosa, Kariuki Ngugi, Mungathia Muriira, Pardala Dipason, Kivuva Muthama, Andrew Kambi and Mutinda Kakindu.
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