(KDRTV)- The Kenyan government has cleared the air after being accused of frustrating Miguna Miguna`s efforts to return back in the country contrary to High court orders
The Kenyan government through his spokesman Cyrus Oguna, has said that the Kenyan-Canadian lawyer has been categorized as “unruly passenger” with regards to International Aviation standards, hence the woes he faced on Tuesday in his attempt to return to Kenya.
The government in a press statement on Wednesday said that it is not to blame over Miguna`s buffed travel scheme, reiterating that he is free to travel back to the country but must have the required travel documents
In the statement, Miguna was listed as “unruly passenger” following the dramatic incident that ensued in March 2018 when he attempted to enter Kenya from the Jomo Kenyetta International Airport (JKIA) and was ejected from the country
“As 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 allows prohibition of unruly passengers,” reads the statement issued by Government Spokesperson Col. Cyrus Oguna.
The government further claims that Miguna`s conduct is a threat to the category act A1 status of JKIA that was awarded in 2017 and which enhanced the direct flight between Nairobi and the US.
“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,” adds the government.
The Uhuru`s administration has also said that it is aware and willing to comply with the court ruling directing it to facilitate the return of Miguna in the country but it insists he must have valid 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.”
The approach by the government is contrary to the Monday`s court order that Miguna be allowed in the country unconditionally
The court also directed that Miguna`s passport not only be released to him but he also is allowed to use his national ID card or passport.