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VIDEO: Miguna unceremoniously whisked out of Kenya

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Fiery Nasa politician Miguna Miguna has been ejected to Canada via a KLM flight, his lawyers Dr John Khaminwa, Nelson Havi and Cliff Ombeta say.

Mr Ombeta said he was informed that Mr Miguna was Tuesday evening put on a flight headed for Amsterdam then Canada.

Dr  Khaminwa, on the other hand said his client “is already out of Kenya’s airspace”.

“It is true. He was forced into a KLM flight minutes to 10pm and we gather he is headed to Canada. Such a travesty of justice,”  Khaminwa said by phone.

It is not clear what law the government used to eject him from Kenya as the Constitution guarantees him citizenship since he is Kenyan by birth.

A a senior govt official said that the Interior Ministry will give a detailed statement in the morning.

He said when Mr Miguna was arrested, the Canadian government had written to Kenya expressing concerns that their citizen was being harassed and they wanted him back.

HELD INCOMMUNICADO

Mr Miguna Tuesday narrated how he was held incommunicado for five days without access to his family or a lawyer following his arrest last Friday.

He said police officers humiliated him by locking him up in conditions “unfit for human existence.”

Mr Miguna was speaking at the Kajiado Law Courts where he was taken after his arrest last Friday on suspicion of taking part in a ceremony in which opposition chief Raila Odinga was sworn in as the people’s president on January 30.

Reports of his deportation come hours after High Court Judge Luka Kimaru barred the Director of Criminal Investigations and the Inspector General of the police from preferring any criminal charges against him.

DISOBEYED COURT ORDER

The judge had earlier ruled that the Police IG and the DCI were guilty of disobeying court orders regarding his release.

While the court in Kajiado ordered that he be presented before Justice Kimaru’s court at Milimani, Mr Miguna was not produced in the court and his lawyers stayed late within the court’s premises waiting for his release.

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He was arraigned in a court in Kajiado on Tuesday but did not plead to charges preferred against him.

Justice Kimaru had directed that police present him before court Wednesday at 11am.

KAJIADO COURT

The Kajiado magistrate had ruled that Mr Miguna be taken before Judge Kimaru in the High Court in Nairobi before 3pm Tuesday for orders on his bail terms.

He further directed that Mr Miguna appears before him on February 14 to take a plea.

This not likely to happen as the Nasa activist has now been ejected out of Kenya.

NASA SUPPORTERS RESTLESS

On Tuesday evening, Nasa supporters who had filled the Milimani courtroom were restless on whether he had been freed after Judge Kimaru ordered for his release.

The judge said he would not leave the premises until Mr Miguna was brought before him.

“I have been informed that he is in the building, so it remains that he is free,” the judge said before he walked out of the courtroom, leaving Nasa supporters shouting and demanding to see him.

CHARGE SHEET

The charge sheet against Mr Miguna alleged that he “was present and consented to the administering of an oath to Raila Amollo Odinga purporting to bind him to commit a capital offence of treason,” leading to fears among opposition supporters that the Nasa leader could also be arrested and charged with committing treason.

Following Mr Miguna’s arrest and failure to charge him in court, the Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti had been ordered to appear in court to explain circumstances surrounding their failure to release the Nasa activist.

Mr Miguna was arrested last Friday and on the same day High Court Judge James Wakiaga granted him a Sh50,000 bond but he was not released.

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NASA ‘OATH’

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations then said Mr Miguna was arrested after he confessed to administering Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s ‘oath’ and for being a member of an illegal organisation – the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

Nasa said they would Monday file contempt of court charges against the government for violating orders to release Mr Miguna and to re-open three independent private television stations which were shut down on January 30, the day of the “swearing-in” of Mr Odinga as the “people’s president”.

Two TV stations – NTV and KTN News – had their signals restored on Monday evening while Royal Media Services’ Citizen TV and Inooro TV remained off air.

NARRATES ORDEAL IN POLICE CELLS

The self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) “general” Miguna Miguna Tuesday narrated how he was held incommunicado for five days without access to his family or a lawyer.

The flamboyant opposition activist said police, who he described as crooks, humiliated him by locking him up in conditions “unfit for human existence.”
Mr Miguna, who was arrested on Friday on suspicion of taking part in a ceremony in which opposition chief Raila Odinga was sworn in as the people’s president on January 30, was addressing Magistrate Edwin Malochi at the Kajiado Law Courts.

CELLS

He asked Mr Malochi not to let police officers accompany him to the cells as he awaited the court’s ruling.

Donning a black suit and a white shirt, he asked the court to allow him to update his supporters on his ordeal as he awaited the ruling. “I do not want to go with these people,” he told the magistrate who granted his plea on condition that he remains in the dock with the officers besides him.

Present were his lawyers Koin Lompo and nominated Senator Judith Pareno who protested their client’s handling by the police.

CLENCHED FIST

In court, Mr Miguna was a picture of confidence and defiance, displaying the national resistance movement’s clenched fist symbol as he chanted: “They can’t break me. They can go to hell and back.”

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Mr Miguna spent the weekend at Lari Police Station in Kiambu after police refused to free him despite a court order that he be freed on a cash bail of Sh50,000.

He was arrested at his Runda home, driven to Githunguri police station and transferred to Lari police station.

Mr Miguna told the packed court that from Lari, he was transferred to Industrial Area inland depot which he described “as the most humane” of all the police stations he was detained in during his five-day ordeal.

“It was only yesterday that I was given water and a toothbrush,” he said, displaying the white toothbrush.

On his arrest, he said: “They used explosives to break into my house, which is against the law. They did not even identify themselves. Had they done so, I would have opened the door for them.”

ROUGH-LOOKING OFFICERS

He said the officers looked rough and were not dressed in uniform.

“Some of them were bearded, while others had dreadlocks; in fact I thought they were Mungiki. They did not even tell me that I was under arrest; they just led me away with guns.”

His supporters cheered him on with opposition slogans “Tibim” and “Resist.”

At some point, just before the magistrate came to deliver his ruling, Mr Miguna felt his supporters were getting agitated and waved to them to maintain order.

The magistrate ruled that Mr Miguna be taken before Judge Luka Kimaru in the High Court in Nairobi before 3 pm for orders on his bail terms. He further directed that the fiery lawyer appears before him on February 14 to take a plea.

And, just as quickly as he was brought to court, officers pounced on him after the magistrate’s ruling and drove off fast in a convoy of three vehicles.

 

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Ex-KRA boss Njiraini, Murugi shortlisted to head National Land Commission

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Former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini is among the 11 candidates shortlisted for the chairperson of the National Land Commission.

Njiraini, who had sat at the helm of  KRA since March 2012, left last month after his term expired.

Former Nyeri MP Esther Murugi has also been listed as a contender for the NLC Board top seat that fell vacant when Mohammed Swazuri’s tenure ended.

Swazuri’s tenure was tainted with controversies and culminated in several arrests and subsequent arraignment.

On Tuesday, an advertisement in the local daily also named other candidates shortlisted for NLC Board Chairperson as Mwenda Makathimo (Executive Director of the Land Development & Governance Institute); prominent lawyer Gershom Otachi; Naomi Wagereka (former Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Chairperson); Robert Kilimo, Patrick Adolowa, Humphrey Njuguna, Paul Wambua, Tiyah Ali (Isiolo County MP) and Gershom Bw’Omanwa.

According to the National Land Commission, the above candidates were shortlisted from 117 applications which the commission received.

Notable personalities who were shortlisted for membership positions include Francis Nderitu (Ndaragwa MP), Prof Gitile Naituli and Adan Abdi Mohamed (former National Cohesion and Integration Committee (NCIC) commissioners), Boniface Otsyula (Bumula MP), Alex Muthengi (former Tharaka MP) and Omingo Magara (former South Mugirango MP).

The candidates are required to appear before an interview panel starting 7:30a.m on Monday, July 29.

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Upon interviews, two qualified applicants for the position of chairperson will be shortlisted and 16 for members, then forwarded to the President.

The President is then expected to nominate the chairperson and eight members within 14 days, then forward to the National Assembly for vetting within 21 days.

Should Parliament approve the names within seven days, they will be again forwarded to the President, who will then appoint them through a Gazette notice.

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Meru grandpa who dug his own grave 19 years ago, finally dies

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A 77-year-old businessman who prepared his own gravesite together with that of his wife in 2000 was on Saturday granted his wish and laid to rest at his Milimani home in Isiolo county.

Samson Mwongera had also prepared his eulogy and that of his wife in preparation for his send-off.

His widow, Eunice Mwongera said her late husband called elders and informed them of the decision.

“The elders rejected and said that he ought to be buried in Kibirichia he agreed but later he called them again and insisted on his decision and the elders finally agreed and he was very happy the next day he called a mason who worked on the structure,” he said.

She said after the 40th anniversary for their wedding at there home he called all his children and showed them where he will be buried.

She said the children cried but he did not reverse his decision.

She said that they had written eulogies and even printed and children were shocked when I told them that during the funeral announcements.

Mwongera younger brother Gilfred Murithi said Mwongera was the firstborn in the family of six said they were opposed to Mwongera plans and wanted him to be laid to rest in Kibirichia but later agreed with the decision.

“I asked him if he wanted to be like Martin Shikuku and he told me yes. It is against Meru tradition for one to dig their own graves and if one does so he was forced to be fined a white sheep by the elders but now times have changed and we did not fine Mwongera,” Murithi said.

His son Munene Mwongera, said his late father prepared his own grave in 2000. He also prepared his eulogy in 2003.

“He had just retired from his workstation at the Isiolo Law Courts, he was diagnosed with diabetes and that is when he decided to prepare for his send-off,” he said.

He, however, said that the disease did not trouble his father much.

Munene said after he prepared his grave his father called the family and said he wanted to rest there and the family did not object.

“He had prepared us on what to do and how to share property in case he died. He prepared his eulogy in 2003, he prepared the tribute he will read to our mother in case she died before him and asked our mother to also write the tribute he will read in case he died first,” he said.

Munene said that the ailment might not have mostly contributed to the bizarre decision by his father.

“He used to tell us that life is a journey and a person might die any moment it is just like a Matatu if you reach your destination you alight and another person boards. He said he does not know where he will alight but if he died he should be rested at the graveside he had decided to avoid arguments on where he would be buried,” he said.

He said his father said instructed that when both of them (Father and Mother) are laid to rest there they should build a stone-like structure on top and write there eulogy and tributes and anything else we want to write.

The grave was constructed like a wardrobe to the effect that whoever dies first between the two would be buried at the base, and a concrete slab used to cover it in order to create room for the spouse to be buried on top when they finally die and a house constructed.

Munene said his dad was hardworking and lived a good life despite his uniqueness in the send-off.

He said at first they were shocked with the incident but later came to terms with his decision.

“he gave us examples of his friends who have died and we accepted his decision,” he said.

He hailed his father’s decision and said he will follow his footsteps as it had made it easy for the family to conduct the funeral.

The late was granted his wishes despite some varying opinion from some family quarters that he ought to be buried at his late father’s farm in Kibiricha- Meru County

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Meet Lilian Muli’s youthful mum

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This past weekend Citizen TV’s new anchor was joined by family and friends to celebrate her second son’s birthday at an undisclosed area.

Among those invited was her young looking mum, Peninah Muli Mwende. Judging from the photo shared by the anchor it’s obvious to note that Lilian Muli definitely got her fine looks from her mama.

Although Mama Liam prefers to keep her private life on the low seems that this time around she couldn’t help but flaunt her hot mum.

Lilian Muli and mum Peninah Muli Mwende | PHOTO| COURTESY

 

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