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Kenya opposes call to seize property of S. Sudan leaders

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June 17, 2018 (NAIROBI) - Kenya has opposed calls from the United States to seize properties of South Sudanese leaders, allegedly acquired using proceeds from corruption, money laundering and the ongoing war.

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US Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Ms Sigal Mandelker (Daily Monitor)

Last week, the US Treasury’s under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Sigal Mandelker said some South Sudanese, have continued to invest illicit money in Kenya’s real estate market.

"I wanna be very clear, those who profit from human rights violations and corruption, preying on the poor and innocent and mothers and children, must heed our warning," she told reporters in Nairobi.

"We will impose consequences, we will cut off your access to the US financial system and we will work with our partners in this region and elsewhere to do the same," added the senior US official, who visited Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

However, responding to calls from Mandelker, Kenya’s ministry of foreign affairs officials pledged to share intelligence with Washington on illicit money flows from South Sudan, but insist that reports provided by the US on the South Sudanese leaders need verification.

The principal secretary in foreign affairs ministry, Macharia Kamau said Kenya is capable of seizing properties from illicit proceeds but will only act within the context of international practices through the United Nations conventions and the Bretton Woods institutions.

“Kenya knows its obligations in regards to corruption and money laundering, and is working closely with the international community on the same. However, we work with multilateral platforms and don’t take instructions from other sovereign states,” he told the East African.

In September 2016, The Sentry, a US-based investigative group, accused South Sudanese leaders of transferring millions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth outside the country during a civil war that left nearly half the population homeless or in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

Its report accused President Salva Kiir and some of his top associates, along with former vice-president Riek Machar, as having invested millions of dollars in real estate in Kenya, Uganda as well as Australia.

The senior US official told reporters in Nairobi on Wednesday that she met with top officials in Kenya’s government and the banking sector to urge them to watch out for money laundering from South Sudan.

The Treasury under-secretary urged officials in Nairobi and Kampala to close loopholes that allow transfer of illicit funds from South Sudan.

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  • 18 June 10:17, by Lenin Bull

    Millions congratulations Kenya. US is only bullying South Sudan because it has no access to oil contract and other vital resources in South Sudan.Truly pointed out " Kenya does not take instructions from other sovereign States" period. Kenya is a sovereign state, US is a sovereign state, and South Sudan is a sovereign state.

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    • 18 June 15:49, by dinkdong

      It is like telling a thief to catch a thief.

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  • 18 June 10:21, by Lenin Bull

    The US has investments and economic interests everywhere in the world stretching from Japan in the Far East, South Korea, India, Israel, Ukraine, Europe, Saudi Arabi, Kuwait, Qatar, Africa, and Latin America! Why is wrong for a small young country like South Sudan not to have economic interests and investments with its immediate neighbors ? Walai yaki US is real evil and neocolonialistic!

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    • 18 June 10:41, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool,
      You hastily read between the lines and had your own interpretation. There´s a fundamental difference between INVESTMENTS and STOLEN MONIES. These are NOT economic interests and investments of the SS, but individual criminals and money launderers. Unless of course, if you suggest, stolen monies are investments. That is jienge business perspective

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      • 18 June 10:50, by jubaone

        Lenin Fool,
        If Uganda trades over $200m annually and Kenya $60-100m with SS, and SS exports NOTHING, then this is skewed business and SS is nothing other than a "golden cow" which the jienges simply herd for foreigners. Of course, our neigbhors are less interested in "clean" and "organized" business but shoddy and bogus ones with easily scrweable savage fools in suits posing as businessmen

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        • 18 June 19:32, by South South

          jubaone,

          Big fight between Kenya and US.

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      • 18 June 15:38, by okello

        Yaha Jubaone janaram you be a shame to yourself with this name because you be born in Atalabara,lubasmaapii or rujellmaapii Suburban during jelaba time in juba and I do not know why you proud of this name. please it better to called yourself Baari one since you self-slave and selfish tribes who don’t share with your fellow citizens. You accept shameful name that other states can’t tolerated at all

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        • 18 June 20:47, by jubaone

          Okello
          Ya jienge jalapit! Either you’re a bastardized Acholi and remnants of jienge settlers in Oboo or Magwi or perhaps a jienge imposter disguised as an Acholi. Ya jienge, we will NEVER accept you as an Equatorian even if you call yourself Wani. FYI it’s called Libas Mafi not lubas maapi ya jienge. Naked jienges and water carriers used to frequent it so the name.

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          • 19 June 01:17, by okello

            @Janaram Juba just said we Baari slave don’t accept others in Juba not generalizing Eqautorian,I know you mentally sick of Jienge and that’s why you hated them but they were in your face living in Juba while saying you will "NEVER" accept! You walk naked and carried water to Ugandan and Jienge too here in Juba what disgraceful ward to said yajuba. you are most back ward tribes who beg & love slave

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            • 19 June 08:03, by jubaone

              Okello (aka Mading)

              Try jienglish instead ya aryan jienge. You write as if you you were speaking, that is rubbish. No one understands you except your jienges. Shut up!

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    • 18 June 10:59, by Kuch

      Mr. Lenin Bull,
      The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between, have an alliance with Kenya. Why do you think, Kenya is keeping the losers, thieves & traitors like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, her ugly son, Majak Agoot, Adwok Nayabe, Uyai Deng Ajak & some of other fools keep their puppets/stooges in Nairobi than sending the fools & traitors>

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      • 18 June 11:05, by Kuch

        back to South Sudan to come & face their treasonous behavior or come and join their our country’s "national dialogue". But this is not the case. the evil corporate US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their *new found allies like North Sudan, ethiopia, their gulf Arab state’s paymasters & some of their creepy allies in between must pay for their crimes">>>

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        • 18 June 11:12, by Kuch

          in our country chap. Mr. Lenin Bull, if you are from ’the so-called Twic East’ my brother, then tell your people my brother. We are going to bomb our enemies to near oblivian out of our country once and for all. We are not going to live side by side with the traitors, thieves & lazies. The evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their Abeshas>>>>

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          • 18 June 11:16, by Kuch

            (their so-called ethiopians), their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between like their gulf Arab states’ paymasters and even Kenyan, then be very very careful brother Lenin bull, we are going to destroy these vermins out of our country once and for all. Reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM>>>

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            • 18 June 11:28, by Kuch

              Mr. Lenin Bull, there are some other fools who like other people when you don’t even love them back, read this link below Mr. Lenin Bull:https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Matere-Kereri--My-memories-of-Kenneth-Matiba/1056-4492754-457pob/index.html
              https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13682176
              Mr. These links above were politcal intrigues that were used by the ’evil juus to wedged their evil feet’>>>

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              • 18 June 11:34, by Kuch

                into Kenya & always be used as "attack dogs here in our own East Africa" Mr. Lenin, I studied in Nakuru high school after I was injured very badly in the battle of Kapoeta in 2002, in New Kapoaeta area. I became a refugee & studied well. I am the one who helped bombed the Riek Machar so—called ’white army out of my home town of Bor in 2014’>>>

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                • 18 June 11:39, by Kuch

                  Mr. Lenin Bull,
                  there is no war going on here in our country, trust me this chap. But the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states, paymasters, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their some of their Kenyan Bantus & even some of their allies in between like Nigerians have been using our country & our people as their fools>>>

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                  • 18 June 11:45, by Kuch

                    who believe in their dirty *magicians like their lowly informed Nuers, Equatorians, Bantus & their evil juus and some of their creepy allies in between*---Mr. Lenin Bull, we have killed Mr. Riek Machar in Juba in 2016. He is not in South Africa. Mr. Riek Machar went & *study magic* in university of Bradford in the England>>>

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                    • 18 June 11:52, by Kuch

                      Riek Machar is not a doctor of a doctor of philosophy (Phd) holder Mr. Lenin Bull, but he is considered by his magician minders in the Island of England. But these days, we are going to bomb our enemies to near extinction out of our country once and for all. Reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM. We will never ever ever live side with these vermins. Mr. Lenin Bull chap>>>>

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                      • 18 June 11:54, by Kuch

                        We are the ancient Egyptians Mr. Lenin Bull chap.

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  • 18 June 15:48, by okello

    Those who loot South Sudan money with Kiir Mayar will soon go to held because their children will not stay with our blood money while investment in other countries and we are suffering here. We will claim them soon but not with that evil American policies.

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  • 18 June 15:54, by john locke

    Kuch, Do you realize that you continuously repeat the same line over and over again? You continue to deny the war in its entirety, you continue to deny that kiir started this war and even became oblivious that our leader riek machar is in South Africa. I’m going to guess you are infuriated by the fact that he is going to Ethiopia today. You jiangs lost the war you imposed on the people. How does

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  • 18 June 16:58, by aborigin

    Kenya can’t be cowed with this petty threats, it has economic and diplomatic muscles that they can easily shrug off the imperialists. Americans have become bullies in all perspectives and they should understand Kenyans with Mwai Kibaki pioneering the slogan that "Kenya shall never ever interfere in other countries’s affairs by taking sides BUT shall remain neutral".

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  • 18 June 18:50, by Charles Majok

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Samurai Ruto are very corrupt and violent men. They are not satisified with the money they have looted from the Kenyan youth. They want to empty the coffers in South Sudan and Somalia also. That’s why Uhuru drinks like a fish.

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  • 18 June 20:35, by lino

    Hahaaaaaa!!! Kenya can’t do it because they are one of South Sudanese Money Laundry Countries.

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  • 19 June 01:10, by pabaak

    Kenya true African, America think we still in Hegemony time,where others tried to imposed their interest to others, why south Sudan this days has become as a daily diet to Trump Administration, why don’t he leave south Sudan alone?
    There is a myth here that south Sudan independent was a make of USA, and that’s I think why American found themselves like part of everything here in south Sudan

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    • 19 June 01:21, by pabaak

      But heping somebody to achieve something doesn’t make you think you own them, actually if people be given credit it is America churches are the one who stood with people of south Sudan throughout years of war not the US government and even the involvement of USA government during CPA was because of pressure from Christian American to help their fellow Christians in south Sudan.

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      • 19 June 01:50, by pabaak

        It was true when Taban Dend, First vice President ione time ask that don’t know m16 he knows only ak47,is because American did not even help the cause of liberation during 21 years of war,their involvement was at humanitarian aid level, so why too much involvement at this time. A Kenyan diplomat was right that they don’t take instructions from other countries apart from international norms

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        • 19 June 02:00, by pabaak

          As south Sudan too cannot take ininstructions for what we can do or cannot do to other countries unless based on international treatise and obligations

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