Over 1000 kenyans languish in foreign jails-Foreign affairs CS Monica Juma

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,8TH MARCH 2018-Foreign affairs  cabinet secretary Monica Juma says at least 1,300 Kenyans are being held in foreign jails.

Of the 1,300, 79 are in neighbouring Tanzania, 47 in Uganda and 15 are in Ethiopia.

“There is nothing unusual really about Kenyans being in foreign jails,” the CS said.

“We have negotiated a number of extradition treaties, but these take time.”

Dr Juma who addressed the press in Nairobi on Thursday  also Compared  the number with the 2,000 foreigners Kenya holds in its various prisons, asking Kenyans to be patient with the negotiations for extradition which are going on.

In the meantime, she said, Kenya is working hard to ensure that those jailed in foreign lands are treated humanely and have access to legal and consular services.

“If any Kenyan is arrested, and/or jailed before we are informed, we will and have protested because it is against international law,” she said.

According to Mr Washington Oloo, who is the director of Diaspora and Consular Services in the ministry, out of  the 1,300, 478 have been sentenced and are serving terms, majority of them serving life imprisonments.

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About 80 of them are serving time in China, and others are spread in the Far East, Malaysia, Thailand, and West Africa.

“Our policy is not to interfere with the legal process of a sovereign nation but we try as much as possible to ensure that they have consular support, and retain the right to visitation,” said Mr Oloo.

The CS  has however appealed to  Kenyans living in the diaspora to be careful while in the foreign nations.

“When you go out there, please understand the jurisdictions you are in and respect the law. Do not go there and do things we do here if they are not allowed there,” Dr Juma said.

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