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Saudi Arabia agrees to postpone Stephen Munyakho’s execution

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Stephen Munyakho (Right) is the son of veteran journalist Dorothy Kweyu (Left)

Saudi Arabia has agreed to postpone the impending execution of Stephen Munyakho that was due Wednesday 15th, 2024, to allow for further negotiations between all parties.

In a statement by the Principal Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Korir Sing’Oei said Kenya shall be engaging stakeholders in Nairobi and Riyadh, including representations from the religious leadership, to agree on the next urgent steps. 

Further he noted that Kenya shall continue to lean on the warm and solid friendship that it has with the Saudi partners, as well as on the goodwill of all Kenyans as the two government’s devise strategies to bring the matter to a more acceptable conclusion so as to give both families the closure they need and deserve.

“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.” Noted the PS.

Munyakho is the son of veteran journalist Dorothy Kweyu.

Kweyu has been appealing to well wishers to raise Ksh150 million to secure the release of the son, by May 15, 2024 which was the deadline for the execution.

Stephen Munyakho has been on death row in Saudi Arabia for over a decade after being convicted for the demise of a Yemeni national.

He has been in custody for 13 years since 9th, April 2011, in Shimeisi Prison in the Governorate of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

 

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