Two Kenyan bankers have been arrested in South Sudan after they refused to release financial details of a government official suspended by President Salva Kiir.
On Sunday evening, Kiir issued a decree via stateÂ television firing the governor of Western Equatoria
Joseph Bakosoro, along with several others.Â Security personnel then arrested the governorÂ without warrant and held him in a secretÂ detention centre without charge.
On Tuesday morning, security personnel went toÂ a KCB branch in Juba and asked the operationsÂ manager to give the account details of the oustedÂ Governor Bokosoro. However, the managerÂ refused saying it is against the law to produceÂ someone’s bank statement without a legal letterÂ from the attorney-general.
Reportedly, the security personnel also wentÂ to Equity Bank requesting the bank accountÂ details for the wife of the governor, AngelineÂ Bokosoro. The manager of Equity Bank alsoÂ refused and was arrested too.
The arrest will most likely lead to a diplomatic row between Kenya and South Sudan at the time when Nairobi is leading high level negotiations between President Kiir and former deputy president turned rebel Rik Machar. Kenya is footing more than 70% of the peace events bills and therefore Kiir may need to trend carefully.