NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government’s crackdown on opposition
leaders after inauguration of Raila Odinga as “people’s
president” intensified on Tuesday night when it deported lawyer
Miguna Miguna to Canada a few hours after the High Court ordered
that he be set free or produced in court on Wednesday.
Nelson Havi confirmed on Tuesday night that his client was put
into a KLM flight departing Nairobi for Amsterdam minutes to 10
“We are reliably
informed that Miguna Miguna has been forced into a KLM flight
for ‘deportation’ to Canada. Now, how do you deport a Kenyan?
This country has been overrun by criminals,” Havi said on
Miguna said he will fight the heinous violation of his rights by
the Jubilee government. “The despots have put me in a flight to
Amsterdam en route to Toronto, departure time right now.”
“Instead of taking
me to court as ordered repeatedly by the courts, they seized my
passports and drove me to the runaway at the JKIA from 6pm up to
now,” Miguna tweeted moments before he left JKIA.
Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka who confirmed the deportation,
said Miguna had denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back,
acquired Canadian citizenship and never reclaimed his Kenyan
citizenship in the legally prescribed manner.
It is not clear what
law the government used to exile him from Kenya as the
Constitution guarantees him citizenship since he is Kenyan by
Miguna contested for
governorship seat for Nairobi County in the concluded 2017
elections and he must have produced documents to show he is a
His problems began
when he stamped documents used for Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s
self-inauguration as the “people’s president” in Nairobi on Jan.
He was there with
leaders including Ruaraka lawmaker Tom Kajwang, who administered
the oath. Miguna was arrested last Friday in connection with the
“swearing-in” of Nasa leader Raila Odinga.
Kipkorir also protested the deportation saying the move had
violated the constitution.
Department of Immigration Services has suspended passports
belonging to a section of National Super Alliance (NASA)
Among those affected
are Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Siaya Senator James Orengo,
businessman Jimi Wanjigi and NASA strategist David Ndii.
authorities asked the affected persons to surrender their
passports within 21 days following the notice.