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Kenya IDs Truck Drivers Captured in Iraq

March 28, 2003

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ The Foreign Ministry on Friday identified the two Kenyan truck drivers who were captured by Iraqi forces while bringing humanitarian aid to Iraq and said efforts were being made to secure their release.

David Mukuria and Jacob Maina Kamau were working for a Saudi-owned, Kuwait-based company contracted by the British government when they were captured near Basra in southern Iraq, said Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka.

Kenya’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Mahat, was working with the International Committee of the Red Cross to inform Iraqi authorities that the men are humanitarian workers and should be released, Musyoka said in a statement.

``The Kenya government wishes to assure the family of the two Kenyans that all avenues will be used to gain their release,″ Musyoka said.

Musyoka did not name the company the Kenyans were working for and gave no other details.

The men were first shown to be held by Iraqi forces when the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera broadcast pictures of the pair on Wednesday.

Kenya’s official position on the war is that it only supports armed action in Iraq if backed by a U.N. resolution; Kenya believes the war could have been avoided through dialogue.

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