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Miguna barred from boarding plane to Kenya in Germany

Lawyer Miguna Miguna has been barred from leaving Berlin Airport, Germany after a red alert was issued prohibiting him from boarding his flight to Kenya.

Speaking to Hot 96, Miguna said German authorities have been instructed not to allow him board his flight to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) or any other African country.

“In fact, the Kenya Government has demanded that Lufthansa must refund my fare. They have demanded that Lufthansa should not fly me into any other African country, either,” said Miguna.

He claimed that the Lufthansa flight manager told him that the Government of Kenya must send an official communication to Lufthansa at Frankfurt office before he can be allowed to fly to Kenya or any other African country.

“Lufthansa says that the red alert was issued by the Office of the President in Nairobi, Kenya,” he added.

The exiled lawyer was expected to land in Kenya on Tuesday evening.

The Kenyan government on Monday said it would facilitate the return of vocal opposition politician into the country following court orders to that effect.

Miguna, who played a role in the swearing in of ODM leader Raila Odinga in January 30, 2018, was deported in February. His attempt to return on March 26, 2018 was not successful.

RETURN TO KENYA

“This is to confirm that in compliance with the court orders issued on December 14, 2018, the directorate will facilitate Dr Miguna’s entry into Kenya,” Director of Immigration Alexander Muteshi said in a statement on Monday.

Justice Weldon Korir ordered authorities to facilitate Miguna’s re-entry on the basis of his identification through his national identity card or his withheld Kenyan passport.

Miguna, through his lawyers, had filed an application at Milimani High Court in Nairobi last week seeking orders to restrain the State from interfering with his return to Kenya.

Miguna has issued several demands ahead of his return to Kenya including granting his lawyer ‘full access to all immigration and port of entry areas, where he will be processed’.

Government spokesperson Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna had earlier confirmed that Miguna would be allowed to return to the country, as long as he has valid travel documents.

“The head of state made a pronouncement that he is free to come back. That is still the government’s position. Had new realities or dynamics emerged after the head of state spoke, they would have been made public. He must have valid travel documents like any other Kenyan or traveller,” Oguna said.

Oguna was referring to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s remarks last week, when he said every Kenyan has a right to freedom of expression.

“I have heard that some people are now planning to fly into the country. Let them come because that is their freedom,” Kenyatta said.