Miguna was not deported, says Interior CS Matiang’i

Written By: Margaret Kalekye

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has clarified that controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna was not deported but removed as an undocumented person.

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Appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on National Security to respond to their queries surrounding the Miguna Miguna issue, the CS said If Miguna was deported, he would have signed a deportation order.

“We could not deport him as he was not in our jurisdiction. We removed Miguna as an undocumented, unestablished passenger on transit to his last port of call” said Matiang’i.

The CS was accompanied by CAS Patrick ole Ntutu, PS Karanja Kibicho and PS Major General (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa as well as Inspector General of Police  Joseph Boinnet.

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He told the members of parliament that they were not served with any orders from the court and went ahead to blame Miguna saying that the controversial lawyer vehemently refused to cooperate with authorities who were willing to process his entry into the country.

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“Anticipatory Orders by Kenya’s Judiciary has become a tool for protection and impunity to criminals making it very hard for the Executive arm of the Government to execute its mandate,” he said aggind, “What we did was in compliance with the Immigration laws. No one is exempt. The Pope had his passport stamped on entry. President Obama had his passport stamped on entry. Even President Kenyatta had his passport stamped on entry last night on arrival from Mozambique” he added.

He said he had lodged a complaint over the manner in which the judicial officers conducted themselves saying the government has been condemned unheard.

“Our actions are guided by law. Our responsibility is to implement the law. We have filed a complaint through the AG to the JSC on how this matter was heard. We cannot be contemptuous of a court order we have not been served .We were not heard and the court took some decisions based on lies”.

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He further said the government is not aware of claims that Miguna Miguna has been drugged at JKIA.

He said Miguna is free to sign the document regularizing his citizenship any day, any time.

“Anyone who took up citizenship of another country before the 2010 constitution and thinks they can get it back without following the process is lying to himself- We took documents to Miguna and he tore them. Over 3000 people have regularized their citizenship since the law came into force. We did all we could to comply with the law, and we always comply with court orders” he added.

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Miguna left Dubai for Canada Monday under the escort of UAE police officers days after he was deported from Nairobi to Dubai.

Miguna managed to produce his passport to facilitate his travel, the same passport he failed to produce at JKIA before he was deported.

Miguna was deported to Dubai on Thursday last week after a major scuffle at the airport after he declined to produce his Canadian passport.

On his social media page, Miguna lauded the UAE government for facilitating his medical checkup.

He would later be escorted under tight security onto Air Canada flight AC 057 bound for Toronto.

The government maintains that the self-declared NRM general is no longer a Kenyan saying he denounced his citizenship.


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