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Kenyan opposition lawyer denied entry at airport

29 March 2018, 01:44 | Simon Arnold

Kenyan opposition lawyer denied entry at airport

Why British Authorities Held Miguna Miguna at Heathrow Airport in London

Kenyan authorities have detained and are trying to deport an opposition politician, who also holds Canadian nationality, in defiance of a court order letting him enter the country, his lawyer and a senior opposition member said yesterday.

Miguna's deportation could also strain a rapprochement between opposition leader Raila Odinga and Kenyatta, who won a second term in October at an election in which around 100 people were killed, majority opposition supporters.

When he tried to return on Monday, Miguna was denied entry at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and plainclothes officers tried to hustle him onto an Emirates airline flight bound for Dubai, witnesses said. The politician then staged a protest and police cordoned off an area in the worldwide terminal at Jomo Kenyatta global Airport, the official said.

On Tuesday Miguna's lawyer, Nelson Havi, tweeted that his client was "currently detained in a toilet at Terminal 2 arrivals and has been denied access to his lawyers".


High court Judge Roselyn Aburili has also ordered that Miguna miguna be presented in the court on Wednesday, March 28th.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, Immigration chief Gordon Kihalang'wa and Police boss Joseph Boinnet could be sent to jail on Thursday for disobeying a court order to release fiery lawyer Miguna Miguna.

Live footage broadcast by private Kenyan TV station Citizen showed Miguna in the doorway of what appeared to be an Emirates plane shouting at a crew member: "I'm not going anywhere, you can not take me from my country by force".

There was no comment from the police on Wednesday. Odinga argued that Kenyatta lacked legitimacy because his initial August 8 re-election victory was nullified by the Supreme Court over "irregularities and illegalities" in the election and the repeat ballot had a low turnout.


Miguna was at Odinga's side when he took an oath as the "people's president" at the mock inauguration. But in a surprise move two weeks ago, Odinga and Kenyatta met for the first time publicly and shook hands, saying they had started a new initiative to heal the country.

The lawyers had sought to serve the orders issued in relation to the detention of Opposition politician Miguna Miguna.

Kenyatta's government has been accused of pulling back on freedoms of expression and assembly.

Ninety-two people were killed during protests over Kenyatta's election and there had been fears of further violence.




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