South Sudan president wants Kenyan citizenship for his children

Kiir speaking to the media in Juba (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

June 3rd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, has said that he wants Kenyan citizenship for his children. This is because, Kiir said, he considers the East African neighbor as his second home.

The South Sudanese head of state made the remarks in the Kenyan capital Nairobi last week during the 17th national prayer dinner which is an annual event where Kenyan leaders meet to pray for their country and reflect on way to strengthen national unity.

“I consider that Kenya as my second home and I always think my children who were born here should be given Kenya nationalities,” Kiir said during his speech.

For his part, Kiir’s Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta urged South Sudan’s leaders to put ahead the lives of their citizens rather than caring for their own ones. He urged Kiir to provide services to the people of South Sudan.

“Leadership is not about who is the President but it’s about services to your people and the people of South Sudan desperately need peace in order for them to get services that they fought for many years,” Kenyatta said.

“Kenya stands ready my brother to work with you and all your colleagues to help the people of South Sudan achieve that long waited for objectives of a strong, united and prosperous South Sudan, and ultimately as you have said we join with Kenya and all other East African countries and become one great nation in the service of God and God’s people,” he added.

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