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.