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Truck drivers fault government’s slow response to South Sudan crisis

Kenyans living and working in South Sudan have faulted the Government for slow responses in rescuing its citizens from the war torn country.

Nairobi News has also established that dozens of Kenyans remain unaccounted for, almost a fortnight after fighting broke out between armed forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar leaving more than 278 dead and hundreds either injured or displaced.

A Kenyan truck driver who operates along the Nairobi-Mombasa-Kampala-Juba route has recounted his experience after being caught up the war.

“I was almost caught up in the cross fire. Armed officers were shooting at anything on sight and I don’t know what they really wanted. It was a sad and traumatic experience,” the driver who requested anonymity said.


“Luckily, I managed to cross into Uganda, but left several of my colleagues there who up to now are still trapped in Tongpiny area without food and water because no supplies and shops were closed while others have been looted,” he recalled.

“The situation in South Sudan has more or less shown us (Kenyans) that we are on our own in case a situation gets out of hand despite the fact that we pay heavy taxes. We would have at the very least expected the Kenyan Embassy in South Sudan to address us and seek measures to ensure our safety as other countries are doing,” he lamented.

In the meantime, the fighting within in the world’s newest country has subsided in the wake of a truce between the warring parties brought about by intense pressure from the international community.