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VIDEO: Miguna ejected from Kenya, heads to Dubai as Boinnet has last laugh

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Despite 8 court orders directing the Kenyan government to let fiery Kenyan-born lawyer cum politician Miguna Miguna into the country,  he was finally deported early Friday Kenyans time after three consecutive days of high octane drama pitting  him, the courts and government officials.  .

This is the second time in two months that the government has unceremoniously kicked out the self declared general of National Resistance Movement (NRM-K) who has admitted to commissioning a controversial oath taken by opposition leader, Raila Odinga, in January of this year.

The Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper, reported that one of his lawyers, Mr Nelson Havi, confirmed that Dr Miguna was ejected Wednesday evening via a Dubai-bound EK722 flight.

Earlier, High Court Judge George Odunga had ordered Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Immigration chief Gordon Kihalang’wa and Police boss Joseph Boinnet to release the lawyer from detention at JKIA, which they failed to do.

“The three are hereby convicted accordingly and should appear before this court tomorrow at 10am,” Justice Odunga ruled.

Judge Odunga criticised the three officials for disobeying the court with impunity.

In their defense, two junior State lawyers claimed the trio were unreachable because they were attending a General Service Unit graduation.

Miguna arrived in Kenya on Monday afternoon but was not cleared by immigration officials after he reportedly refused to hand over his Canadian passport. He later said he would not apply for a visa  because the “court had ordered that I be let into the country on the strength of its orders. ”

On Tuesday, immigration officials took citizenship application forms to him but he declined to make an application, insisting that he was Kenyan.

On Monday night, Miguna caused a scene as people believed to be police officers tried to force him onto a Dubai-bound Emirates plane. The flight later left without him.

Tuesday night, he sent out a statement to the media saying that he was held in a toilet at the airport. Authorities did not let his lawyers see him.

After a marathon hearing of a petition filed by Miguna lawyers, the judge said that the war was no longer between the parties but had reached a level where judicial powers were on trial.

“There is no immunity for impunity; a time has come when the courts must lift the veil against those who act with impunity in disobeying it. No man is above the law. The Government officials cannot be allowed to catwalk around while disobeying court orders,” said Odunga.

All this was happening as an apparently unfazed President Uhuru Kenyatta, prepared to fly to Mozambique on a state visit.

 

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President appoints a governor for Kenyans in the Diaspora

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Kenyan Diaspora issues will no longer be ignored. This after the President  appointed a governor to represent what has come to be referred to as the 48th county.

The head of state has named an Atlanta-based businessman to the position. He said the official will take office immediately as he is not required to be vetted by parliament for the said position.

Although the move is likely to elicit mixed reactions, this is not the first time the president has made a surprise appointment.

By Sunday morning, social media was awash with comments on the development. While most Kenyans in the Diaspora welcomed the move, others wondered what criteria was used to settle on the businessman.

“I like what I am hearing…but why Atlanta and not Boston or Catalonia for that matter. Wakenya tuko wengi and we need diversity,” wrote Jkmoron on Twitter.

Jingatype wrote the following on Facebook: “Atalipwa na nini na nislisikia uvumi ati serikali imesota?”

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NEW VIDEO: Miguna refuses to board plane back to Dubai, says he is ready to die

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Lawyer Miguna Miguna on Monday night declined to board a Dubai-bound plane where he was put by police “as an undocumented person”.

This was after the self-styled NRMKe General was whisked away by about 40 plain-clothed police officers and put on the waiting Emirates flight.

Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange, speaking aboard the Emirates plane, said they were already on the taxiway when the pilots stopped.

Police officers stood outside the plane’s door as a defiant Miguna, with his suits torn, stationed himself at the entrance.

The Dubai-bound flight was delayed for several hours, a situation Koinange said upset the over 400 passengers who had booked the flight.

“The doors have been closed and Miguna Miguna is not on board,” Koinange said.

Miguna declined to take a seat with concerns the pilot cannot fly the plane in the face of the hostilities.

The captain ordered the plane’s door shut after the NRMKe leader’s luggage was removed from the aircraft.

Earlier Senator James Orengo told journalists that intelligence officers, dressed as if they were employees of Emirates airlines, told them they had instructions to take Miguna to the aircraft.

“We refused, but towards the tail end the build-up of security officers was alarming,” Orengo said.

The stand-off and susequent attemted removal of Miguna from the country followed his adamant refusal to apply for a Kenyan Visa soon after he landed at JKIA at around 2 pm.

Immigration officials insisted that he could only be allowed into the country on a Visa since he wasn’t a Kenyan.

Miguna’s denial of free entry in Kenya marks yet another open violation of court orders by the government.

The court on February 15 ruled that the outspoken lawyer should not be restricted back into the country following his abrupt deportation to Canada on February 6.

At some point, journalists were roughed up by a bevy of armed police officers moments before Miguna was whisked away.

Orengo said it was unfortunate that the episode played out in the full glare of international visitors at the JKIA.

“The fact that a thing like this can happen in the presence of arriving international visitors, some of them diplomats, puts us in the category of a banana republic.”

“President Uhuru Kenyatta and [DP William] Ruto should be ashamed of themselves to allow such a thing to be carried out in an international airport. But this will not be the end of the matter,” Orengo said.

NASA leader Raila Odinga who had arrived at the airport to try and secure Miguna’s release refused to comment on the matter and drove away.

Earlier, the opposition chief had a bitter exchange with police and immigration officials who refused to release Miguna into his custody.

Strategist Jimi Wanjigi, lawyers John Khaminwa, Nelson Havi and Julie Soweto were also at the airport to try and secure his release.

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Kenyan Community Church in Ohio, US invites you to a fundraiser this Sunday

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This Sunday March 25th ,  Go Ye Outreach Ministries in Columbus, Ohio will be having a fundraiser as it seeks to get a new place to worship The Lord.

“Over the past year, we have experienced tremendous growth with people coming forward to serve not only in the church but also in the community. With growth we need a bigger facility and more resources to continue to sustain this,” says Mr George Njoroge, the Media Director.

“We would like to invite you to help support us to build this house for the lord. We need the support of the community. This church will be here to be used by the community at large and by anyone that needs it,”  he adds.

The function starts at 1230 on March 25th 2018 at 4251 Maize Rd, Columbus Ohio 43224.

Donate online.

Ca$happ- goyecolumbus@gmail.com

gofundme: www.gofundme.com/goyebuildingfund

https://youtu.be/zMPWDwtZws4

https://www.goyeoutreachministries.org

Thank you and may God bless you.

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