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Kenyan pilots detained in Sudan freed

Judy Akuma @PeopleDailyKe

Foreign Affairs Cabinet secretary Monica Juma has condemned the capture and detention of two Kenyan pilots in South Sudan by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-I.O).

Speaking after receiving the pilots at the Wilson Airport in Nairobi yesterday, the CS said the Kenyan government deplores the unfriendly and inhumane response of the SPLM-I.O to what was an unfortunate accident.

Juma said the families of the detained pilots have suffered great emotional and psychological distress during the unacceptable long period of detention of the two pilots but was relieved that both have come back though emaciated and critically ill.

“The government of the Republic of Kenya deplores the unfriendly and inhumane response of the SPLM-I.O to what was an unfortunate accident. We condemn the capture and detention of our Kenyan pilots in the strongest possible terms,” Juma said.

She said her ministry together with the company which the pilots worked secured the release of the duo, who upon arrival, proceeded to hospital for medical check-up and treatment.

“After a hard struggle to secure the release of detained pilots, today I am relieved and pleased to announce that the two Kenyan pilots: Captain Frank Njoroge and co-pilot Captain Kennedy Shamalla, accompanied by the repatriation team have arrived in Nairobi and have been received by government officials and their families though they appear emaciated and severely ill,” she said.

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