Kenyan-Canadian lawyer Miguna Miguna’s bid to return to Kenya has hit a snag after he was barred from boarding a Nairobi-bound flight.
Through Twitter on Monday, Miguna said Air France officials at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Germany said they cannot fly him to Kenya after the government allegedly issued a fresh red alert.
"This is to inform Kenyans and the world that @airfrance officials at the check-in counter at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport have just informed me that the Government of Kenya sent them a "red alert" this morning that they cannot fly me to Nairobi. I'm waiting for a copy," Miguna wrote on Twitter.
"They have refused to state "Red Alert." But they have indicated that it is obvious and they empathize with me but that there is nothing they can do. Let our legal team get to work. Thanks, everyone for the support. Aluta Continua," he added.
Miguna had on Friday said he would proceed with the trip despite the court declining to lift the red alerts prohibiting Lufthansa and Air France from carrying him to Nairobi.
Justice Hedwig Ongudi on Friday ruled that the court cannot rely on speculations to grant the orders sought by Miguna, saying the petitioner was under obligation to prove the existence of the said red alerts.
“If I am blocked again, the matter will return to court,” Miguna said.
Miguna was deported to Canada in February 2018 after taking part in the swearing-in of ODM leader Raila as the 'People's President'. The government has previously ignored courts directing it to allow Miguna back to the country.
In 2018, Justice Chacha Mwita ruled that Miguna is a Kenyan citizen and that his birthright is not affected by him holding a Canadian passport. He added that Miguna’s rights were violated when they deported him and awarded Sh7 million as compensation.