First action taken to bring Miguna back to Kenya

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The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has written a letter to the Department of Immigration demanding the Government facilitate the lawyer’s return.

In the missive, KNCHR chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori wants the Government to provide Miguna with an air ticket and valid Kenyan passport to ensure entry into the country.

"Miguna has informed the commission that he will return to Kenya on May 16, 2018. To enable the commission to comply with the court directive, the commission urges your office to comply with the orders by issuing Miguna Miguna with a valid Kenyan passport, purchasing a flight ticket for Miguna from Toronto, Canada, to Nairobi," the letter read.

Friday deadline

KNCHR gave the Immigration Department until Friday May 10, 2018 to respond to the letter.

Mbogori also quoted court orders previously issued to the Government favoring the return of Mr. Miguna after controversial deportation.

The Canadian-based lawyer was forcefully deported twice.

The first deportation was after he presided over the controversial swearing-in of NASA leader Raila Odinga as the People’s President.

Mr. Miguna was arrested and held at an undisclosed location for several days before he was bundled on a flight to Canada.

Detention

He later returned on March 26, 2018, but was detained at the Immigration Department because he did not possess a Kenyan passport.

He was asked to surrender his Canadian passport then apply for a Visa but he refused.

According to Miguna, applying for the Visa as a tourist would restrict him from conducting his political activities in the country.

After a stand-off of more than 8 hours, a battalion of police officers bundled the fiery lawyer into an Emirates flight in a bid to deport him to Dubai.

The Immigration officers claimed that Miguna was an undocumented visitor who cannot be allowed in the country.

However, Miguna refused to board the plane and stood at the door restricting any movement.

Eventually, the captain locked the plane’s door and Miguna was left at JKIA’s runway.

Miguna ended up spending 72 hours at JKIA before he was bundled on an Emirates EK 722 Dubai-bound flight late in the night.

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