Embassy: Kenyan Journalist Free to Come Home from Ethiopia

by Lawyer Wanz

Kenyan embassy has announced that Yassin Juma, a Kenyan journalist that had been detained in Ethiopia has been freed.

Yassin Juma with a friend in a past event (courtesy image)

Yassin Juma had been controversially detained in Ethiopia without being charged. The Kenyan embassy says he is free to return home.

On Thursday, Yassin Juma, who had said that he contracted Covid-19, was freed from an isolation centre after he completed 14 days mandatory confinement.

Kenyan Embassy in Ethiopia said Collins Juma Osemo, was “free to return home” after his release from police custody and from Woreda 7 Health Centre, where he was in isolation.

Juma was discharged on Wednesday 26th August 2020, following appeals from Kenyans and the intervention of the government which was spearheaded by the Embassy in Addis Ababa. At the time of discharge, he had completed the mandatory 14-day isolation,” a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

Officials of the Embassy in Addis Ababa, while visiting him to check on his welfare, at Woreda 7 Health Centre, were  informed by the health worker that in keeping with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) guidelines all asymptomatic patients are “deemed cured” after the mandatory 14 days of isolation.

Due to uncertainty of the events and health issues, Yassin Juma has, however, decided to stay in Addis Ababa, with his friends.

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