Two Kenyan doctors working for an international aid organization are being held in police custody in South Sudan after engaging in a fistfight aboard a plane.
The two Nicholas Wamwangi, 30, and Kelvin Kimani, 29, are being held in remand, Police in the capital city of Northern Bahr el Ghazel region told Nation on Thursday, March 17.
Wamwangi and Kimani who work for Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) boarded a plane from Juba International Airport and were arrested upon landing at Aweil Airstrip on March 12.
“The two aid workers, believed to be gynaecologists, were arrested on Saturday last week,” said Captain Guot Guot Akol, the police spokesperson in Northern Bahr El Ghazal.
Police account further details that according to one of the passengers, the two started fighting when Kush Airlines plane left Juba until it landed in Aweil, and again, fought in front of police at the airstrip.
Five days after the incident, Police say, it is yet to establish what exactly culminated to the excahnge of blows that threw passengers into panic.
“We are yet to hear from the organisation that sent them. But we have processed their documents and presented them to Interpol, which will now investigate the case in collaboration with our Immigration Department,” said Captain Akol.
Akol however revealed the chairman of Kenya Association has visited his office and is following the case.
Police have since established the two suspects were drunk during the mid-air fist fight.
Headquartered at Oslo in Norway, Norwegian Church Aid works with people and organisations around the world in their struggle to eradicate poverty and injustice.