The government of Kenya is mulling sending troops to troubled South Sudan, its besieged northern neighbor and key trading partner.
Nairobi is one of the several other nations including Burundi and Ethiopia considering sending troops to Juba to restore peace.
South Sudan slipped into civil strife after an attempted coup failed.
The coup was orchestrated by a former vice president Riek Marchar who has since then marshalled a rebel army to fight the Salvar Kiir administration.
Under IGAD, Kenya and other key East African states will deploy troops in the troubled regions and help enact the ceasefire agreement coined in Ethiopia’s capital.
Kenya is facing a challenge as huge numbers of refugees continue to flock Kakuma refugee camp.
Nairobi for decades has faced the challenge of being home to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbors namely South Sudan and Somalia.
High numbers of undocumented refugees have proved to be a threat to the country’s national security.
Nairobi’s department of defense already has presence in South Sudan where it has been training South Sudan government soldiers.
Kenya has also facilitated the procurement of arms for South Sudan SPLA through the use of its port and roads.