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Kenyan hospitalized after being shot by South Sudanese Soldier

By Mitchell Jena, editorial@alleastafrica.com

NAIROBI – A Kenyan lady has been flown to Nairobi for treatment after she was shot by a South Sudan soldier in Ashua.

Jamila Kifufa was shot on the neck while she was driving a truck along the Juba –Nimule road on March 24.

According to south Sudan deputy minister of interior, Riaw Gatlier Gai, the 38 year old was accidentally shot after drivers were stopped for verification in the volatile area.

“The lady was accidentally shot while soldiers w ere on patrol in the area. She has been rushed to Nairobi where she will receive more treatment,” said the minister.

Gatlier pointed out that the involved soldier, Akol James, was arrested and the case was pending under investigation.

He added that the government will reach out to the family for compensation and cater for medical expenses.

“The case is pending under investigation.  The government will also pay for all the medical bills,” he said.

While stating that he was remorseful for the sudden incident, he assured that there was no evil motive behing the incident. He further stated that the government of South Sudan is working to provide protection for all its citizens, including foreigners.

“We have a shared history with the people of Kenya. The peoples of Kenya and South Sudan are one,” Gatlier said.

Jamila is currently undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital where she has been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit.

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