High Court orders IG and DCI to produce Miguna Miguna

The high court has ordered Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet and Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti to personally present lawyer Miguna Miguna in court at 9am on Tuesday. 

Judge Luka Kimaru said the two openly acted in contempt of court even after being ordered twice to release the accused.

He said the orders to the two top police officers should be served by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The judge had earlier ordered the top police chiefs to produce Miguna by 2pm Monday, failure of which the court was to consider punishing them for contempt.

Speaking after leaving the court, NASA leader Raila Odinga who was accompanied by Senator James Orengo and businessman Jimmy Wanjigi accused the police of impunity.

He criticized the IG for disobeying court orders and demanded for Miguna’s immediate release.

Meanwhile, the government has this evening switched on KTN and NTV after being off air for six days.

However, Citizen TV remains shut. The decision to switch on the two stations follows a sustained court battle by activist Okiya Omtatah.

The activist was back in court Monday morning after the Communications Authority of Kenya failed to implement a court order requiring immediate reinstatement of the stations on air.

Omtatah had sued the government for defying a court order that reinstated the three TV stations switched off last week.

Omtatah argued that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matian’gi, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru and CA should be punished for contempt of court for failing to act within the law.

According to Omtahtah CA declined to act within the law despite being dully and effectively served with the court order issued last week.

He further argued that unless the application is urgently heard and determined the people of Kenya would suffer great losses and damages as the constitution continued to be violated. 

Last week Judge Chacha Mwita directed CA to restore NTV, KTN and CITIZEN TV that were shut down on January 30th and refrain from interfering with their transmission until the 14th of February when the case would be heard.

  

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