Kenyan opposition figure says he was drugged and deported

Simon Moss
March 30, 2018

From Dubai the fiery and defiant Miguna further accused an officer he only identified as Mr Njihia for "threatening" him and remained adamant that he would not leave Dubai's airport.

Dramatic scenes unfolded at on Monday night as Kenyan opposition politician Miguna Miguna physically resisted efforts to re-deport him from Kenya, with the police assaulting journalists who attempted to cover the stand-off.

Odinga's supporters insist Kenyatta fraudulently won Kenya's presidential election in August.

The standoff over Miguna, a member of the opposition, risks reigniting tensions and has already set Kenya's government on a collision course with the judiciary. Justice Odunga summoned them to appear in court 10am Thursday for sentencing.

Miguna Miguna says in a Facebook post that he had been detained in a bathroom at Nairobi's worldwide airport since Monday, when he returned from Canada after being deported last month.

Earlier on Wednesday, High Court Judge George Odunga had convicted Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, Inspector General Joseph Boinnet and Immigration Director Gordon Kihalangwa for contempt of court.

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Miguna was deported to Canada last month after he administered the oath of office to opposition leader Raila Odinga at his mock presidential swearing-in ceremony in January to protest President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

The minister would appeal, his spokesman said.

Veteran anti-corruption campaigner John Githongo said: "The flagrant defiance of court orders by various branches of government is a setback for our institutions, which were maturing and gaining some independence after the passage of our new constitution in 2010".

Hours after the court ruling, Miguna was placed on an Emirates flight to Dubai, his lawyer said - the second time he has been deported this year.

General divulged that he was now sick and needed medical attention. "I am sick... you can not force me to walk if I can not walk", he is shown as saying.

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