Government spokesman Col. Cyrus Oguna has explained why Lufthansa Air and Air France barred deported lawyer Miguna Miguna from flying to Kenya.
Oguna on Wednesday the reason why Miguna faces hurdles in his effort to travel to Kenya is because he is listed as an unruly passenger in accordance with international aviation standards. While distancing the government from Miguna’s woes, Oguna indicated that Miguna is free to travel back to Kenya but must first acquire the necessary travel documents.
“… according to International Civil Authority Organization (ICAO), a passenger must have valid travel documents. Dr, Miguna is free to present himself to any Kenyan Mission to obtain his passport,” said the government.
“It is, however, puzzling that Dr. Miguna has not made an effort to obtain his passport from any of the missions. Nevertheless, our missions abroad are ready and willing to assist him to get his documents once he presents himself.”
He noted that Miguna was categorized as an unruly passenger following a March 2018 incident where he caused a scene at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and was forcefully ejected from the country.
“As a government, we wish to clarify that following the incident at JKIA in March 2018, Dr. Miguna was categorized as an unruly passenger in line with Annex 17 of International Civil Authority Organization (ICAO) standards and recommended practices that allow the prohibition of unruly passengers,” Oguna said in a press statement on Wednesday.
He added that Miguna’s theatrics are a threat to the category A1 status awarded to JKIA in 2017 and which allowed for direct flights between the US and Nairobi.
“His unruly behavior was seen to have the potential of threatening category A1 status of JKIA which took the country a lot of effort and work to achieve. This category certifies that we have put in place all the necessary safety and security measures in all our airports. This is an accomplishment that we are committed to jealously protect,” added Oguna.