Kenyan Nationalist and Opposition Politician Repeatedly Deported

Miguna Miguna

NAIROBI–-Lawyer Miguna Miguna, a radical Kenyan opposition politician says authorities in Nairobi drugged and forcibly deported him to Dubai.

In a Facebook post, Miguna wrote that he had been detained in a bathroom at Nairobi’s international airport since Monday when he returned from Canada where he had been deported last month.

He said Kenyan authorities on Thursday broke into the bathroom and injected him with a substance, then dragged him to an Emirates Airline plane.  His lawyers said their client was deported despite a court directive mandating his release.

On Wednesday, a High Court judge declared the interior minister and national police chief in contempt of court for disregarding the order. The judge ordered the two officials to appear in court Thursday to respond to the charge.

Miguna, a firebrand opposition politician, and critic of the Kenyatta government was deported to Canada last month after he oversaw the oath of office to the country’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga at his mock presidential swearing-in ceremony in January.

Odinga insisted on being sworn in as the people’s president to protest President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.  After administering the oath of office for Odinga, Miguna was stripped of his Kenyan passport before being forced to leave the country.

He was deported to Canada since he also holds Canadian citizenship and is traveling on a Canadian passport.

A few months ago, Odinga’s supporters insisted that President Kenyatta fraudulently won Kenya’s presidential election in August.   In view of that, the Supreme Court invalidated the result on procedural grounds, ordering a rerun later but Odinga boycotted the rerun in October, arguing that the electoral commission could not conduct a fair election. Hence, Kenyatta won the rerun election with 98 percent of the votes.

After months of tense arguments and counter-accusations, Odinga and Kenyatta held talks in recent weeks to ease tensions that arose from the October poll. Sources say both men have reached a secret deal which would make President Kenyatta support Odinga for president after his second term expires in four years but Miguna opposes the deal and considers Kenyatta as an illegitimate president of Kenya, prompting Odinga do avoid him.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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