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Calls for support to implement new South Sudan peace deal

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Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia must directly participate in the implementation of the new South Sudan peace agreement signed in Khartoum on September 12, officials say, or risk having it go the way of the 2015 agreement.

South Sudan ambassador to China John Andruga Duku, who was part of the government delegation during the negotiations, told The EastAfrican in Nairobi that Juba is determined to restore peace after Sudan came in strongly to push for the agreement.

He said previously the rebels had a safe haven in Sudan, but with President Omar al-Bashir accelerating the process the government hopes that Khartoum will no longer allow rebels to operate on its soil.

“It is in the interests of these countries to ensure that the agreement is implemented. The agreement is not only for the suffering of the South Sudanese but for the sake of the economy and the security of the entire region,” said Mr Duku.

However, he claimed that the strong involvement of President al-Bashir in the process is one of the reasons why the Troika — US, UK and Norway — did not endorse the agreement because he did not allow them to dictate the pace and the contents of the agreement like in 2015.

“This time we are asking the Western powers whether they are for peace or for the continuation of the war. If they are not supporting the revitalised agreement signed by the majority of the stakeholders, then they are trying to be more Catholic than the Pope,” he said.

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The Troika, the major funders of the South Sudan peace process and the key donors to the country, did not guarantee the agreement because it was not fully inclusive and concentrated on political power-sharing, adding that South Sudanese leaders sign agreements that they don’t honour.

Riek Machar’s Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-In-Opposition (SPLM-IO) is also calling for optimism among its supporters.

Mabior Garang de Mabior, the SPLM-IO director for information and public relations, said they believe that a settlement could result in the reforms they have been fighting for.

“The SPLM-IO members should not be dismayed that we did not get everything we want from the agreement or because many assurances given by the mediators have not been adequately addressed. But this is the nature of negotiations,” he said.

He is, however, concerned by the continued attacks by the government forces on their defensive positions in Equatoria and Upper Nile, which pose a challenge to the implementation of the permanent ceasefire during the eight months pre-interim period.

“The main goals of the Revitalised Agreement is to prepare for a free and fair election by embarking on reforms in the judiciary, the army and the police, the return of the over two million refugees in the neighbouring countries, delineation of the constituencies, and the registration of voters within the eight-month pre-transition period,” said Mr Duku.

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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Police in hot pursuit of gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident – KBC

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

Kiambu based detectives are pursuing a dangerous and armed criminal gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident on Friday, before disappearing with his Toyota Premio as he drove to his residence.

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According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI), the victim had pulled over by the apartment’s gate at Ruaka One River Apartments, unaware that a gang of three assailants was laying in wait for him.

As the gates opened, the driver’s window was suddenly smashed with an iron rod, before two shots were fired in the air from a pistol in an attempt to subdue him.

However, he managed to force his way into the parking lot, but before he could jump out of the car and scamper to safety, the trio caught up with him and roughed him up before grabbing his car keys and phone.

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On receiving the report, DCI detectives based at Kiambaa launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

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Its rear and front headlights, side mirrors, all tyres, nose guard, boot and radio had been stolen.

Detectives believe that the three suspects are part of a larger criminal syndicate operating within Kiambu County.

They have been targeting taxi drivers while posing as customers, only to turn against them at isolated places, then vandalize their vehicles.

” Some members of the syndicate have previously been arrested and arraigned in court.” Said the DCI

The DCI has cautioned Kenyans on this trend of crime.

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