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UPDATE: Govt returns Jimi Wanjigi’s passport after night of drama

Immigration officials have returned a passport belonging to Nairobi businessman Jimi Wanjigi after holding it for nearly 24 hours.

The move now allows the businessman to travel to Zimbabwe alongside Siaya Senator James Orengo.

Director of Immigration Gordon Kihalangwa had insisted that the two did not have court orders lifting the suspension of their passports.

But Mr Orengo said he and Wanjigi have booked another flight to Harare, Zimbabwe at 1.30pm, saying immigration officials were aware of the orders and had been served last night and this morning.

He is however still unsure whether they will be allowed to travel –or back in the country thereafter.

“If we leave, are we going to be able come back? And if we come back, will we be able to live here? In Kenya, you never know…they may say you belong to another country,” said Mr Orengo.

“We have not only been inconvenienced and humiliated but we have also been oppressed. Somebody will have to answer for it. The matter will not end here.”

The senator slammed the government for blocking their travel to Zimbabwe on Monday night.

The duo was set to attend the burial of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

“We feel we have not only been inconvenienced, but this is humiliating and inhuman. And somebody must pay for it,” Mr Orengo said at the JKIA

Wanjigi added: “We are strong. We are not changing. We are committed to this cause. It’s a joyous journey. And there is light, and a lot of light, ahead.”