President Uhuru Kenyatta could be dishonouring part of the peace deal he made with Opposition leader Raila Odinga on 9th March.
Speaking on Saturday at a London forum where he was giving a talk on his “building bridges” initiative with President Kenyatta, Mr Odinga revealed that ceasing woes surrounding self-styled NRM general Miguna Miguna was among the raft of proposals he made with the Head of State in their pact which was aimed at unifying the country.
Terming Miguna’s plight as a “sad incident”, Raila revealed that he raised the issue and agreed with President Kenyatta that Miguna should be allowed back to Kenya.
“I am the one who brought Miguna into NASA(National Super Alliance), and Miguna was one of those who swore me in as the people’s president. “Mr Odinga said.
“..I personally raised this issue with Uhuru Kenyatta. I insisted Miguna must be part of the package of the handshake…I later talked to Miguna and told him to come back,’’ he added as quoted by Daily Nation.
However, Mr Kenyatta seems not to be committed to honouring that part of the agreement.
The former Prime Minister asked the Canadian-based lawyer to avail this travelling documents at the Kenya High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, in order to be allowed back into the country.
He,however,faulted Miguna by indicating that his deportation saga was blown out of proportion and would have been handled a different way had he(Miguna) cooperated with immigration officers and Canadian High Commission officials who only wanted his travelling documents to facilitate his re-entry.
Raila said he took Miguna’s hand at the JKIA airport and as they walked, the police officers closed the door and insisted that Miguna only needed to comply with rules to have his passport stamped to be allowed through.
While Mr Miguna does not deny that Mr Odinga took his hand and tried to forcefully escort him out of JKIA that night, he took issue with Raila’s claim that he refused to hand over his travelling documents for stamping.
“It’s completely unacceptable for Raila to minimize the barbaric treatment I have been subjected to by implying that all I am required to do is go to Ottawa and receive my Kenyan passport when [Immigration PS Gordon] Kihalangwa has served a letter to me through the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights and my advocates stating that they will not issue me with a passport, and that they are continuing to disobey court orders that quashed their purported cancellation of my citizenship,” read a statement sent exclusively to Saturday Nation.
Government officials on Wednesday put strict conditions on Miguna, something that prompted him to cancel his return to the country as he could not be cleared by the Immigration Department.
Last week,Miguna was surprisingly nominated by the Nairobi governor Mike Sonko as his deputy after the seat was left vacant following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe in January.
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