CS Interior Fred Matiang’i has denied the claims that the government deported Miguna Miguna for the second time and maintained that the Political activist was only “returned to his port of departure”.
“We did not deport Miguna. We just returned him to his port of departure. If it was deportation, I would have had to sign a deportation order,” Matiang’i told the committee.
Matiang’i who was speaking at a Parliamentary Committee on Tuesday morning where he had been summoned together with the Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and Immigration, Registration and Border Control PS Gordon Kihalangwa to explain the circumstances surrounding the controversial handling of Miguna Miguna at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport (JKIA), further stated that Miguna was to blame for the denied entry into the country since he refused to submit his Canadian passport for stamping as required by law.
“MIGUNA MIGUNA TO BLAME FOR DENIED ENTRY AT JKIA”
The CS maintained that the government handled Miguna’s issue in accordance with immigration laws.
“The Pope had his passport stamped on entry. President Barack Obama had his passport stamped on entry. Even President Uhuru Kenyatta had his passport stamped on entry last night,”he said.
Miguna was denied entry into the country on 26th March following his arrival in Nairobi, six weeks after the government ejected. He was “deported” to Dubai after he declined to produce his Canadian passport and regularize his citizenship in order to be accorded entry into Kenya as demanded by the Ministry of Immigration.
HIGH COURT DECLARES MIGUNA DEPORTATION ILLEGAL
The government has maintained that the firebrand political activist acquired his Canadian citizenship at a time Kenya did not allow dual citizenship and as such Miguna is expected to regularise his citizenship.Miguna Miguna woes kicked off in February after the government deported him to Canada, for his role in the controversial swearing in of Raila Odinga.
In a ruling made in the same month after his lawyers moved to court, High court Judge Luka Kimaru declared the decision to deport Miguna as illegal.
Justice Kimaru also ordered the Director of Immigration Gordon Kihalangwa to surrender his revoked passport to the court within seven days.
Last week Justice Odunga fined Fred Matiang’I, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa Ksh.200, 000 each for contempt of court.
The judge had previously summoned the three to appear in court over the Miguna case but they failed to honour the order.
CONTEMPT OF COURT
Matiang’i told the parliamentary committee that the reason the IG failed to present Miguna in court as ordered is because the police did not have him in custody. “Miguna was not arrested by the police, he was being detained at the airport,” he said.
He further stated that he had not been served with any orders and said that they had appealed the contempt ruling against him and filed complaints against the judges who have been handling Miguna cases.
“We have filed a complaint through the AG to the JSC on how this matter was heard. We cannot be contemptuous of a court order we have not been served with.”
“A click of judicial officers, this is not about the Judiciary, but a click of judicial officers have gotten into an unholy-relationship with activists lawyers and civil society activists with the intention of humiliating and stalling the operations of the government,” Matiang’i said.