Drama at airport as Kenya tries to deport opposition politician again

Miguna Miguna

On Feb. 6, the self-proclaimed general of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Miguna Miguna was deported to Canada after being arrested for swearing in opposition leader Raila Odinga as the people's president after two successive and tense presidential elections in 2017 resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people, according to human rights organizations.

Police detained Miguna on Monday at the main airport in the capital as he returned after a court ruled that he should be allowed back into Kenya.

However, when Miguna arrived on Monday (Tuesday NZT) at Nairobi's global airport plainclothes officers tried to hustle him onto an outbound plane, witnesses said.

Miguna's lawyer said he had no further details of how Miguna was put on the flight, but private Citizen TV channel said he was escorted by security officers.

High court Judge Roselyn Aburili has also ordered that Miguna miguna be presented in the court on Wednesday, March 28th.

On Wednesday, Miguna posted statements on social media saying he was still "detained inside a tiny and filthy toilet" in one of the terminals.

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He said, "Despite the court order, and as they have done consistently before, the respondents have not released me".

"You can not take me from country by force". Odinga argued that Kenyatta lacked legitimacy because his initial August 8 re-election victory was nullified by the Supreme Court over "irregularities and illegalities" in the election and the repeat ballot had a low turnout.

The airport confrontation came two weeks after a surprise meeting between opposition leader Odinga and Kenya's president as they announced a new initiative to heal the East African nation after months of sometimes deadly election turmoil. "You can not chase me from my country of birth because you have guns", Miguna said in the video, which appeared to have been taken with a mobile phone of one of the airline's crew members. The repeat ballot had a low turnout as Odinga boycotted it, citing a lack of electoral reforms.

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.

The rival politicians vowed to unify the country after elections a year ago in which about 100 people were killed, a lot of them in clashes between opposition supporters and security forces.

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.

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