Air France ejects Miguna ‘at request of Kenyan Govt’


Air France ejects Miguna 'at request of Kenyan Govt'
Lawyer Miguna Miguna after being ejected from a plane at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, in France. PHOTO| COURTESY

Embattled lawyer Miguna Miguna was ejected from an Air France plane on Tuesday night.

The airline confirmed that he had boarded the plane to Nairobi but was removed following an order from the Kenyan authorities, contradicting an earlier statement from the Government Spokesman that Miguna is free to return to the country.

“Dear Mr Miguna, we confirm that at the request of the Kenyan authorities, we were obliged to deny boarding. Like all airlines, Air France is required to comply with the entry requirements for the countries it serves and as such is not authorized to knowingly board passengers for a destination to which they are denied access. By doing so, Air France is simply complying with the international rules governing air transport, which it is required to respect. Best regards,” the Air France statement reads.

In his usual fashion, Miguna took to Twitter criticizing the Government and the airline for his woes.

He revealed that he had been removed from Flight AF0814 just as it was about to take off from Charles De Gaulle Airport in France.

According to him, the airline’s Duty Manager whom he identified as Mr. Stephane Seguin and another Air France staff removed him from the plane yet they have not refunded the paid fare. “Your staff were rude,” he added.

Air France becomes the second airline to block Miguna from flying to Nairobi after Lufthansa preventing him from boarding their plane at the TXL Airport in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday morning.

Berlin to France is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by plane.

Miguna had earlier said he would get alternative means to travel to Kenya after the Lufthansa incident in Germany.

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