Kenya: Matiangi, Security Chiefs Summoned to Court Over Miguna

Saul Bowman
March 29, 2018

Miguna's deportation could also strain a rapprochement between opposition leader Raila Odinga and Kenyatta, who won a second term in October at an election in which around 100 people were killed, majority opposition supporters. Kenyan authorities deported Miguna in February saying he had rescinded his citizenship but a court ruled he should be allowed back.

Kenyan opposition lawyer Miguna Miguna has been denied entry in Kenya in a stand-off that has lasted for more than 15 hours at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

There was also attempt to deport him again to Dubai but the firebrand lawyer resisted the attempt.

High Court Judge George Odunga on Wednesday found the trio in contempt of court, convicted them and ordered that they appear in court in person tomorrow for sentencing.

Odinga has argued that Kenyatta lacked legitimacy because his initial August 8 re-election victory was nullified by the Supreme Court over "irregularities and illegalities".

The repeat election had a low turnout as Odinga boycotted it, citing a lack of electoral reforms.

Live footage broadcast by private Kenyan TV station Citizen showed Miguna in the doorway of what appeared to be an Emirates plane shouting at a crew member: "I'm not going anywhere, you can not take me from my country by force".

Odinga who at the time of taking the oath on January 30 had vowed not to recognize the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta has since reached out to him, inking a peace deal that has ended months of political hostilities between his brigade and the government.

Munywoki's statements contravene the High Court ruling which stipulated Miguna could return to Kenya. "I have not been given access to my lawyers, family members and physicians".

But in view of at least 40 undercover police, and Odinga, Miguna refused to board, stating defiantly he was not going anywhere and asking for his luggage and passport. The government responded by arresting opposition politicians.

As the dramatic events unfolded, a number of journalists were beaten up by police in an endeavour to stop TV and newspaper reporters and cameramen reporting the scene.

Ninety-two people have been reported killed during protests over Kenyatta's election and there had been fears of further violence.

Human rights groups and media also have accused Kenyatta's government of attacking watchdog institutions.

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