Interior PS Dr. Karanja Kibicho has dismissed exiled lawyer Dr. Miguna Miguna’s claims that the government of Kenya has issued red alerts to any airlines, not to allow him to board a flight back home to Kenya.
Speaking at the Milimani High Court yesterday, Dr. Kibicho asked Dr. Miguna to get his travel papers at the Kenya High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, so as to be allowed to re-enter the country.
”I confirm that no government agency has issued any so-called red alert to Air France and Lufthansa Group (operating as German Airlines) in relation to Miguna’s travel to Kenya,” the Interior PS Kibicho told the High Court in Milimani, Nairobi, yesterday.
The PS also informed the High Court he was aware Miguna was advised through Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to visit the Kenya High Commission in Ottawa and obtain an emergency certificate to enable him to travel to Kenya. Court documents indicate the KNHCR on November 5th wrote to the Immigration department asking them to facilitate the lawyer’s return to Kenya by issuing him with a valid Kenyan Passport.
On November 16th, Miguna who was part of the controversial swearing-in of Raila Odinga as the People’s president on January 30th, 2018 was blocked from boarding Air France at Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport following an alert that he said had been issued by the Kenyan government.
A number of human rights groups and political formations including the United Green Movement, the Communist Party of Kenya, and the Ukweli Party have vowed to ensure the lawyer is back in the country and have vowed to face off with the government.