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Govt ordered to file response on Miguna’s aborted return

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,8TH JAN,2020-The High Court in Nairobi has directed the government to file a response on an existing red alert advisory on exiled opposition activist Miguna Miguna.

The court on Wednesday instructed the State Law Office to file its response by Thursday with the matter set for hearing on Friday.

Frankfurt-based German flag carrier Lufthansa rejected Miguna from its Nairobi-bound flight scheduled to touch down at 9.25pm on Tuesday. Air France later unboarded Miguna flight AF0814 at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris citing a similar red alert Lufthansa had alluded to.

His lawyers moved to court to challenge what they termed as the continued violation of his rights by the State.

Through lawyer Dr John Khaminwa, Miguna told Justice Weldon Korir the red alert advisory categorically prohibited airlines from allowing him to fly to Kenya or any other African country.

State Counsel Christopher Marwa however told Justice Korir the State had complied with the orders issued on January 6, 2020, requiring immigration officials to allow Miguna unconditional entry into the country.

Miguna was controversially deported in 2018 after he obtained bail in a treason case arising from his role in what the government then termed as an unlawful oathing of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as the People’s President.

Odinga was sworn at the Uhuru Park recreational grounds on January 30, 2018, with Miguna shooting into the limelight as the attorney who commissioned the oath.

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