Kenyan opposition figure tweets from airport toilet, says he's being detained


Tweeting from what he called "Toilet at Terminal 2", a Kenyan opposition politician said Wednesday he was still detained in the "filthy" facilities at the country's main airport after he refused an attempt to deport him amid lingering election tensions.

However, when Miguna arrived on Monday at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport plainclothes officers tried to hustle him onto an outbound plane, witnesses said.

"Miguna Miguna has gone on Emirates flight EK 722", Cliff Ombeta told Reuters by phone without giving details. And after close to 10 hours of push and shove, the Immigration Department attempted to bungle him into an Emirates Flight, but Miguna resisted the move and has been detained at the JKIA since then.

The court also ordered the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to oversee Miguna's return, said Sen.

Miguna Miguna had been deported to Canada as part of a government crackdown on opposition politicians who participated in the mock January 30 inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as a protest of President Uhuru Kenyatta's disputed re-election.

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"They say they want to remove me by force so they will have to kill me first because I am a Kenyan citizen", Miguna said, adding that he was not travelling with a Canadian passport but his Kenyan identification card and court orders. "I have not been given access to my lawyers, family members and physicians".

During the scuffle, journalists from the Daily Nation and two private TV stations were assaulted and left bleeding on the ground, according to video footage and one Nation journalist. "We have not denied him (entry)".

NASA leader Raila Odinga, Siaya Senator James Orengo and businessman Jimi Wanjigi were among leaders who made their way to JKIA on Monday night.

On Tuesday, Joseph Munywoki, Kenyan immigration services director, released a statement saying: "Miguna automatically lost his citizenship in 1998 when he acquired Canadian citizenship at a time when Kenya did not allow dual citizenship, instead of producing the requisite documents he had exited with from Canada".