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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,26TH MARCH 2018-NRM leader Miguna Miguna returned back into the country on Monday meeting face to face with resistance at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport .The vocal lawyer was however denied entry into the country by immigration officers who denied him unrestricted entry.
Miguna landed at the airport at 2.30pm after his deportation on February 6, but was held for more than four hours by the immigration officers.
It was Miguna’s Move to fail to surrender his Canadian passport that led to him been denied entery.
The officials, his lawyer Cliff Ombeta said, also wanted Miguna to apply for a six-month visa, considering him as a Canadian citizen, but he resisted.
His three lawyers among them Nelson Havi negotiated for his unconditional entry to the country with little success.
By 6.30pm, the standoff was still on but by now Senate Minority Leader James Orengo had joined the other lawyers.
“He should not surrender any document, he’s a Kenyan. That will be against the court order which directed he gets an unconditional entry,” lawyer Ombeta protested.
At the time around 50 impatient supporters camped at the airport waiting for the self-styled National Resistance Movement General.
chants of “We’re his foot soldiers could be hard miles away from the airport as his supporters affirmed their unwavering support for him.
Another wondered, “why should they still hold him for that long, even after the (Raila-Uhuru Kenyatta) handshake?”
“If the handshake has any meaning, they should release Miguna. It appears no one wants him,” another said, while urging President Kenyatta and Odinga to intervene.
The lawyer has been out of the country since February, during which he engaged NRM supporters in various states within the US and the United Kingdom.
He was deported after his role in the January 30 swearing-in of Odinga as the People’s president at the Uhuru park grounds in Nairobi.