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South Sudan Embassy in Nairobi slapped with sanctions by the Trump administration


Nairobi, 22 November 2019: South Sudan Liberty News has learned from a reliable source with inside knowledge of the South Sudanese Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, South Sudan's biggest embassy in East Africa is in state of panic after it was notified by the Standard Chartered bank that its salary payment bank account has been frozen by the Trump's administration. However, this cannot be independently verified. 

According to the source who spoke exclusively to our correspondent from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the freezing of the embassy's bank account is part of the Trump's administration getting increasingly impatience with Kiir's regime. It is to intensifying sanctions against Juba, as the embassy is tied to Money laundering as well as involved in arms purchases.  

The source further said, besides freezing South Sudan's embassy account, the move by Trump's administration has also targeted to disable South Sudan's Staff at Kenyan port of Mombasa to curtail and paralyzed the effort of South Sudan’s staff at Port of Mombasa from clearing more shipment of weapon from entering South Sudan through Kenya.   

He said the decision by the Standard Chartered bank has crippled the embassy’s normal flow of Services. He further said Kenyan authority has acted to instruct Standard Chartered Bank to block South Sudan's embassy bank account after it has been notified by US State Department.   

Containers and other shipments destined for South Sudan by Thursday were towed in an isolated place at Port of Mombasa.  

While other containers and shipments are further towed to parking at Kilindiini Harbor after the US government directed Kenyan Authorities not to allow any armaments entering South Sudan through its port.  

Also targeted is Wek Deng Marial, a South Sudanese insurer millionaire who is the Director of ABMC, a company operating in Juba, Mombasa, Kenya, and Dar e Salaam Tanzania. Additionally, according to the source, Mr. Wek Marial has been given 48 hours to leave Seychelles by the authority in Seychelles.  

Joshua Onyango  




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