NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government on Thursday denied blocking
two opposition leaders from travelling to Uganda.
Director of Immigration Services Gordon Kihalangwa said the
former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka and ex-foreign minister
Moses Wetangula were not denied exit.
Kihalangwa said the clearing officer at the airport delayed
in clearing the two, causing their anxiety.
"The immigration officer delayed a bit in clearing them as he
checked the system. It could have been out of many reasons. But
this caused anxiety on the two politicians," he said.
His remarks came after opposition leader Raila Odinga accused
the State House of trying to block his two opposition members
from travelling to Uganda.
Odinga said the two leaders were briefly detained at the Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport while on their way to Kampala,
where Musyoka was to preside over a graduation ceremony.
"The authorities disclosed that henceforth, Kalonzo and I
will need clearance from State House before leaving the
country," Odinga said.
The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader said these attempts
point to the rapid deterioration of the political situation and
the emergence of an all-out effort to create an atmosphere of
"Attempts to prohibit Opposition leaders from leaving the
country and control their movement through State House
clearances are illegitimate manoeuvres by an increasingly
paranoid regime," Odinga said.
Kenyans are gearing up to the Oct. 26 presidential rerun
after the Supreme Court nullified the Aug. 8 elections.