Families whose relatives were arrested and sentenced to life in South Sudan over alleged plot to defraud the government have written to President Kenyatta to help secure their release.
The families say they have decided to write directly to the president after they were allegedly denied audience by the Ministry of foreign affairs.
The four— Antony Mwadime, Ravi Ghaghda, Boniface Muriuki and Antony Keya— who previously were in the employ of Click Technologies Limited in South Sudan, were accused of defrauding the Juba government of 200 million dollars.
However, their kin have protested that the four had not been given fair hearing and that there was no evidence directly linking them to the crime.
The Kenyans were arrested on May 29, 2015 by the National Security Service of South Sudan after working in the country for almost two years for the company owned by President Salva Kiir’s brother-in-law Mr John Ogou, who also is a politician.
The families, through their representatives— Esther Kamotho, mother of Anthony Mwadime, Tejal Ghaghda, sister of Ravi Ghaghda, Ruth Muriuki, Boniface Muriuki’s sister and Esther Osanya, wife of Antony Keya, have expressed disaffection with the manner in which the cases were rushed.
According to the families, the arrest, trial and sentencing of the four Kenyans was flawed and there is dearth of information on the well-being of the prisoners.
“The information available reveals that the process that led to their arrest, detention, trial and eventual sentencing fell short of major internationally accepted principles and standards which Kenya subscribes to by dint of Article 2(6) of our Constitution,” reads the letter in part.
July last year, Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed wrote condemning the sentencing of the four Kenyans by the South Sudanese Government, saying that she had summoned Sudan ambassador in Nairobi to “convey to his government our strong condemnation of this unbelievable and absolutely ridiculous judgement.”