June 24, 2024
Saudi Arabia Makes Temporary Decision On The Execution Of Kenyan After Diplomatic Intervention.

Saudi Arabia Makes Temporary Decision On The Execution Of Kenyan After Diplomatic Intervention.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday, May 13, that it has successfully negotiated the postponement of Stephen Munyakho’s execution in Saudi Arabia. 

This was confirmed by Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Singo’ei.

In a statement, Singo’ei stated that Saudi Arabian authorities had granted Kenya’s plea to postpone Munyakho’s execution in order to allow for additional negotiations between all parties. 

The Kenyan, who has since changed his name to Abdulkareem, was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, May 15, after being convicted of killing a Yemeni man in Saudi Arabia

“As we devise strategies to bring this matter to a more acceptable conclusion, and thereby giving both families the closure they so urgently need and deserve, we shall continue to lean on the warm and solid friendship that we have with our Saudi partners, as well as on the goodwill of all Kenyans,” a statement from PS Sing’oei read in part.

“In the coming days, we shall be engaging stakeholders in Nairobi and Riyadh, including representations from our religious leadership, to agree on the next urgent steps.”

Singo’ei expressed gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, noting that this would not have been achieved without diplomatic efforts led by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Kenya’s representation in Riyad.

Saudi Arabia Makes Temporary Decision On The Execution Of Kenyan After Diplomatic Intervention.
Stephen Bertrand Munyakho(left) and Dorothy Kweyu(right)

Munyakho is the son of legendary journalist Dorothy Kweyu, who implored the Kenyan government to intercede and save her son from being hanged.

The Kenyan has been in prison since 2012, and he was ordered to raise Ksh150 million to compensate the Yemeni national family or face execution. 

Kweyu requested government assistance when his attempts to raise a large cash proved ineffective. 

On May 8, PS Singo’ei reported that President William Ruto’s administration had asked Kenyan Saudi Ambassador Mohamed Ruwange to intervene and pursue every diplomatic option available to prevent the execution.

He also indicated that Munyakho’s family may not be obliged to pay the Ksh150 million.

Saudi Arabia Makes Temporary Decision On The Execution Of Kenyan After Diplomatic Intervention.

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