Kenyans living and working in South Sudan are appealing for government protection following a spate of killings of Kenyans in the newly independent African state.
The call comes as a family in Nakuru laid to rest their kin who succumbed to gunshot wounds after an attack by gangsters in South Sudan.
Over the past year several Kenyans who went to seek livelihood in South Sudan after the country attained independence have died at the hands of gun totting South Sudanese gangsters.
Speaking during the burial of 50 year old Grace Wanjiku who hailed from Nakuru, the Kenya Welfare Association Chairman in Southern Sudan J.K Michael, decried the hostile environment in the recently independent African state, while family spokesman Stephen Mureithi appealed to the Kenyan ambassador in Juba to seek the protection of Kenyans in South Sudan.
Wanjiku who was working in Jonglei State South Sudan was shot by gangsters as she went about her charcoal burning business and later succumbed to her injuries.
Wanjiku leaves behind five children and a husband. She was laid to rest at the Nakuru North Cemetery.
In April this year four Kenyans were among 12 people shot dead by gunmen who attacked a United Nations convoy in South Sudan in the troubled eastern region of Jonglei.
Among them were five Indian peacekeepers who were also killed when 200 attackers – armed with rocket-propelled grenades – ambushed the UN convoy.
Last year a Kenyan technician Francis Ombuor Osumba died mysteriously while seated on a sofa-seat after returning from work.
Bizarre as they may appear, last year again saw the death of a teacher of Kenyan descent. The teacher who taught at Dr. John Garang International School is believed to have defied orders to stop as the soldiers lowered the flag at the John Garang’s tomb sparking the shooting.
The shooting to death of Wanjiku also rekindled memories of yet another incident of the murder of Dr Joseph Matu at Torit National Security Station within the Eastern Equatorial State, 170km from Juba. Dr. Matu was allegedly killed for operating a pharmacy illegally though he had documents to prove otherwise.
Meanwhile, Kenya continues to host many Southern Sudan nationals who go about their businesses without intimidation in major towns across the country