Miguna claims Lufthansa red alert is to bar his return as Gov’t speaks out


Miguna claims Lufthansa red alert is to bar his return as Gov't speaks out
Lawyer Miguna Miguna at TXL airport in Berlin when he was barred from travelling to Nairobi on January 7, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

Miguna Miguna has reportedly been barred from boarding a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany throwing his return to Kenya into uncertainty.

Speaking to Hot96FM via phone on Tuesday morning, Miguna claimed that Lufthansa air had received a red-alert that prevents them from flying him to Kenya or any other African country.

“I am at the Lufthansa check in and they are saying the Kenyan security has blocked me from entering Kenya. In fact, the Kenya Government has demanded that Lufthansa must refund my fare. They have demanded that Lufthansa should not fly me into any other African country, either,” his statement reads in part.

The controversial lawyer further claimed that Lufthansa Air said he would only be allowed to board the flight if the Kenyan Government sends an official notification cancelling the alert.

“Lufthansa flight manager is saying that the Government of Kenya must send an official communication to Lufthansa at Frankfurt office before I can be allowed to fly to Kenya or any other African country,” he added.

The Lufthansa flight was expected to depart from Germany at 11.20 am and arrive in Nairobi at 9.25 pm.

Miguna is now accusing the Immigration Department of hoodwinking the Kenyan press through a ‘damage control statement’ in which the department had promised to execute the court order.

“I forewarned everyone yesterday not to believe the obvious damage control press statement, yesterday. Its aim was just to distract the gullible Kenyan media from reporting the contents of Justice Korir’s court orders that was issued yesterday,” his statement adds.

Government Spokesman Rtd. Col. Cyrus Oguna however said Miguna is free to travel to Kenya on assurance from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A report from the Daily Nation on Tuesday morning quoted the Spokesman saying the Foreign Affairs Ministry ‘will deal with the red alert’.

The High Court had ordered that the Immigration facilitates Miguna’s unconditional return to Kenya after deeming his  2018 deportation unlawful.

Miguna, who vied for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in 2017- albeit unsuccessfuly- was deported for the first time on February 7, 2018.

He was deported for the second time on March 29 after attempting to get back into the country.

He had spent 72 hours detained at the JKIA before he was carted off to Dubai and later Canada where he is a Citizen.

His woes began shortly after he swore in Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’ at a rally in Uhuru Park.

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