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BY UPESI REPORTER,8TH JAN,2020-Firebrand lawyer Miguna MIguna will after all not arrive back home Today as earlier expected he was ejected from an air France Flight which he had boarded to fly to Nairobi .
The lawyer was ejected Soon after tweeting, “HOMEBOUND, Unbowed! Dynamic. Resourceful” from Air France’s flight AF0814 at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Tuesday, controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna, the self-declared General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) was taken out.
The reason is that his name is still on a red alert sent out by the Kenyan government in 2018 when he was deported for taking part in the swearing-in of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was protesting losing a presidential election to Uhuru Kenyatta, as the Peoples’ President.
“They (Kenyan government) are so so afraid, cowardly, tyrannical and weak that they have sent RED ALERTS to all airlines. We shall never surrender!” he wrote.
He was connecting to Nairobi from Canada, and this was the second airline to decline to fly him home, after Lufthansa told him he must have his name cleared from the Red Alert before he could be allowed to board from Germany.
He then flew to Paris, France to try his luck with Air France which unboarded him.
“Dear Mr Miguna, we confirm that at the request of the Kenyan authorities, we were obliged to deny boarding.
Like all airlines, Air France is required to comply with the entry requirements for the countries it serves,” Air France tweeted Wednesday morning, in reply to Miguna’s rant online.
On arrival in Frankfurt, Germany on Tuesday, Miguna told HoT 96 FM that he had been stopped by Lufthansa airline officials from boarding the flight to Nairobi where he was scheduled to arrive at 9.25pm .
“I am at the Lufthansa Check-In and they are saying the Kenyan security has blocked me from entering Kenya,” Miguna said, after the Kenyan Immigration Department announced it would honour a court order to facilitate his entry.
He also claimed that the Kenyan government had “demanded that Lufthansa should not fly me into any other African country, either.”
“Lufthansa flight manager is saying that the Government of Kenya must send official communication to Lufthansa at Frankfurt office before I can be allowed to fly to Kenya or any other African country,” he said.
When contacted for comment, Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna said, “the government position has not changed, the Immigration Department said it is ready to facilitate his entry at JKIA, but if there are issues he is facing outside our boundaries, that is something that will be dealt with by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Miguna was deported over the swearing-in of NASA leader Raila Odinga, which he presided over at Uhuru Park, following a repeat Presidential election in which Kenyatta was declared the winner.
He was also accused of trying to mobilise Kenyans into a revolution, state officials said at the time.
In a statement issued by the Immigration Department on Monday, soon after the High Court ordered government officials to ensure Miguna is facilitated, Director-General Alexander Muteshi said Miguna will not be barred.
“This is to confirm that in compliance with court orders issued on December 14, 2018, the Directorate will facilitate Dr Miguna’s entry into Kenya,” Muteshi said following the High Court directive that ordered the government not to bar Miguna when he lands at the JKIA on Tuesday, or any other day.
Justice Weldon Korir issued the orders Monday, restraining Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, Police chief Hilary Mutyambai and others from interfering with Miguna’s return into the country.
Others stopped from, in any way, obstructing his entry include OCPD JKIA.
The orders by Justice Korir were granted following an urgent application by Miguna through lawyer John Khaminwa, apprehensive that authorities may frustrate his coming back.
The respondents were also ordered to facilitate his entry into the country on the basis of his National Identity Card and Kenyan Passport.
Further, the court ordered the Registrar of the High Court to direct the release of his passport currently held by Immigration officers.
At the same time, lawyer Khaminwa asked the court to issue orders ensuring that officers of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is given unhindered access to Miguna upon his return.
However, Justice Korir declined to summon Director of Immigration to show cause why numerous orders of Justice Chacha Mwita allowing Miguna’s entry into the country upon the declaration that he is a Kenyan Citizen by birth have not been complied with a year later.