The Kenyan government has ruled out possibilities of paying a ransom to secure the release of two Cuban doctors abducted from Mandera by Al-Shabaab terrorists on Friday. Police spokesman, Mr Charles Owino has said the government will professionally attempt to rescue the doctors without paying any sum of money for the release of the two doctors Assel Herera Correa and Landy Rodriguez.
“We would not encourage payment of a ransom to criminals as a matter of procedure, because that would encourage kidnappings. We’ll use methods provided for in law while carrying out our duties,” he told a news conference in the lakeside city of Kisumu. The senior police official also welcomed an initiative by Somali elders both in Kenya and Somalia to try and negotiate for the release of the doctors.
He said any negotiations by the elders will not stall a government multi-agency team working round the clock to release the kidnapped doctors: “If there are any negotiations to release the doctors then so be it. Our major interest is to have the doctors back and we will continue to do our work to ensure that happens,” the police spokesperson said.
Owino said the National Security Advisory Committee will be meeting more frequently to review the situation. He said the Ministry of Health and that of Foreign Affairs are in close contact with their counterparts in Cuba to brief them on efforts underway to secure the release of the two doctors.
The two doctors, who are part of a team of 100 sent to Kenya last year, were abducted on Friday morning by Al-Shabaab terrorists, and taken to Somalia, in an incident that left one of two police officers escorting them killed.
“We have been reminded, again, of the evil machinations of international criminal networks. Two Cuban doctors were abducted in Mandera, while on their way to work and a security officer fatally injured,” said Monica Juma, the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, “Security agencies are engaged in the search and rescue mission to ensure safe return. We (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are also in contact with the Government of Cuba.”
Source: Capital FM