By Taban Henry
Four South Sudanese nationals are fighting for their lives at Nakuru Level Five Hospital after the mob set them on fire allegedly for sexually assaulting one of their neighbors.
The four identified as Ajang Chol Ajang, Akuien Chol Ajang, Garang Chol Ajang, Guor Anya Guor, and Bul Garang Bul are all in their 20s. According to police, the young men suffered serious burn injuries.
Speaking to No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper on Monday, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs amd International Cooperation Deng Dau Deng confirmed the burning of five South Sudanese citizens in Kenya.
He said one person had already died and the other four are in critical condition at Nakuru hospital.
“Our Embassy availed for us the information yesterday (Sunday), yet the incident happened on Saturday night last week and the Ambassador officially communicated with the Kenyan government and the staff of the Embassy went to Nakuru where the incident took place,” he confirmed.
Dau said that the police have started the investigation on Monday adding that they shall wait for the arrest of the accused.
“The casualties have been taken to the hospital but the parents of the victims are the ones taking care of the treatment,” Dau said.
The Nakuru East sub-county police Commander Elena Kabukuru confirmed the incident and added that detectives based in the area are pursuing the assailants as the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“On Friday night at around 10 p.m., the Sudanese nationals tried to seduce a woman in their neighborhood. Angry residents thereafter stormed their residence and set alight their home with petrol,” read the report.
Deng Dau Deng further called for harmony between South Sudanese nationals and Kenyans and urged them to be calm as investigative agencies handle the matter.