Second time’s a charm? Miguna’s unsuccessful deportation

The second time is definitely not a charm for the government after a botched plan to deport Miguna. The government rejected lawyer Miguna Miguna’s highly anticipated return to the country and attempted to re-deport him to Canada after a nine-hour stand-off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

However, Mr Miguna refused to board the Dubai-bound Emirates flight. What followed was probably the most dramatic scenes seen at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) of late. The situation escalated to the point where the pilot of the plane took off without Mr Miguna.

Unnecessary force

This was after a nine-hour standoff that started after Mr Miguna’s flight EK 719 touched down at the airport at about 2.30pm on Monday. According to media reports, Miguna had been forcefully taken to the plane by 40 police officers. At the time, ODM leader Raila Odinga and his lawyers John Khaminwa, Cliff Ombeta and Julie Soweto were present.

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A group of officers laid siege at the airport, beat up journalists to scare them from capturing the drama. Mr Miguna was grabbed and literally carried to the plane that had been delayed for the purpose.

Meanwhile, government reports have labelled the lawyer an undocumented passenger after he failed to surrender his Canadian passport as immigration officials had demanded to help his entry.

 

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