No apologies for deporting Adyin, says Matiang’i

No apologies for deporting Adyin, says Matiang’i

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,13TH AUG,2021– Interior CS Fred Matiang’i Friday explained the reasons behind the deportation of Turkish businessman Harun Aydin.

The CS told a Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security security that Aydin was a criminal masquerading as an investor and the government cannot whatsoever apologise for doing the right thing to kick him out of the country.

“……. We would apologise if there was a challenge. We haven’t apologised. He was a criminal some sort of strange guy masquerading as an investor…Security agencies in our country were in talks with his country and agreed on basis of mutuality to surrender him to their security agencies for processing. The government of Kenya has not apologized, and will not…we are a country run by law and order and there is a way governments deal with each other”  he told the MPs in Mombasa.

He noted that although the Turk who was part of the team in DP William Ruto’s aborted trip to Uganda had a work permit, he had been on police radar after being flagged by intelligence from a neighboring country over his suspicious travels and associations.

“We looked at his passport and realized that he has left the country twice without his passport having been stamped. This means he sneaked out. He had stamps of departure but no stamp of arrival into the country. All these are characteristics of an undesirable immigrant,” he said.

Matiangi laughed off calls and demands for an apology by a section of leaders saying Aydin was in the country illegally and a criminal linked to money laundering and terrorism.

“Harun Aydin’s documents show he was working in the energy sector but his contract was a dummy. He got a work permit on 25th June 2021. Security agencies flagged Aydin for his suspicious regional travels and associations with people dealing in money laundering”.

He added “His track movement is a characteristic of people involved in money laundering and money laundering and terrorism are joined in the hip.  His passport shows, he has left the country twice without a stamp of arrival; this means he was sneaked into the country”.



He was hard-pressed to explain how the ‘businessman’ got into the country without the knowledge of the authorities alluding to the fact that he may have been aided by some top officials.

“Unstamped entry passport means you either came in through porous borders or in private aircraft with VIP’s. When VIP’s arrive at the airport, a passport is with someone else but sometimes at smaller airports when passports are left behind, one can fluke their entry” he explained.


Responding to a question about the hasty deportation instead of arraigning him in court after spending the weekend in custody, Matiang’i said it was an agreement between the two countries.

“We agreed in principle with the Turkish government to hand him over to them because of our solid relationship enjoyed by the two countries ” he noted.


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