BY UPESINEWS REPORTER,NAIROBI,20TH AUG 2017-Human rights activist Maina Kiai was early Sunday 20TH August briefly held at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in unclear circumstances.According to Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) chairperson Khelef Khalifa, in a statement, said:
“Mr Kiai was detained for almost two hours at the JKIA this morning at 0645 hrs.
“He was prevented from leaving the country. The immigration officer attempted to confiscate his passport without giving reasons.”
Mr Khalifa further added that Mr Kiai was able to contact the Immigration Director Gordon Kihalangwa and was later allowed to board the plane to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.
“Maina refused to handover the passport, he managed to call the director of immigration, Mr Kihalangwa, and eventually he was allowed to board the plane heading to Europe.
“Mr Kihalangwa pleaded to Maina for a chat upon his return,” he wrote.
Mr Kiai is a board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and Executive Director of InformAction.
Mr Khalifa has condemned the government, terming the action as “harassment and intimidation to human rights activists”.