Miguna Miguna undergoing tests in a hospital at Dubal International Airport. PHOTO/COURTESY
By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
National Resistance Movement leader Miguna Miguna went through a harrowing experience when he was deported from Kenya for the second time on Wednesday night.
In a statement released from Dubai, Mr Miguna says about 50 heavily armed policemen violently broke into the toilet I had been detained incommunicado in at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) wrestled him to the ground before they injected an unknown substance rendering him unconscious.
The policemen later took him into an Emirates Airline plane EK 722 and flew him to Dubai while sedated. He discovered on his arrival in Dubai that some of the policemen had accompanied him.
“About 50 heavily armed thugs led by the uniformed Somali policeman who had commanded them on Monday, violently broke into the toilet I had been detained incommunicado in at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, didn’t identify themselves, wrestled me to the ground, held onto and sat on me as a group of four different thugs injected substances to both my soles, arms, hands, both sides of my ribs and basically all over my body until I passed out,” he says in the statement.
He discovered on his arrival in Dubai that some of the policemen had accompanied him when they also attempted to forcefully remove him from the plane but he resisted.
“After much wrangling, I was granted access to a doctor who conducted basic medical tests and confirmed my story. Additional toxicology tests would require exiting the airport, which I can only do with my valid Kenyan passport – a document the despots’ illegality confiscated and destroyed in violation of Justice Kimaru’s order,” he said.
A sedated Miguna Miguna on arrival in Dubai on board an Emirates Airline plane. PHOTO/COURTESY
He added that he had severe pain on the left side of his chest, left wrist, right elbow and feet. “I believe that the despots must have injected me with noxious substances,” he revealed.
He said he was at the passenger waiting area at the Dubai International Airport and he had gone through basic tests which have confirmed that he was forcefully placed aboard EK722 Emirates Airline flight from Nairobi to Dubai.
“Today, at around 5:25am, after the Emirates had landed and passengers were disembarking, I regained consciousness and asked a person seated next to me who also appeared like a flying squad officer, “where are we?” He told me that we were in Dubai,” he said.
Mr Miguna said three burly men dressed in Air Emirates yellow reflector jackets approached him and rudely demanded that he disembark from the plane. “The most obnoxious one introduced himself as “Njihia”, he claimed that a bunch of loose papers he held in his hands were my ‘documents,’,” he adds
He said he explained to the policeman that he wouldn’t go anywhere with him; that he didn’t have his valid Kenyan passport and that he is a criminal who had not only abducted, drugged and forcefully removed him from Kenya against his will and in violation of numerous court orders.
“I told the Air Emirates crew that flying an unconscious and drugged man like me from Kenya to Dubai without any documents was a criminal act,” he observed.
He added that despite desperate attempts to force me to the police station and/immigration department at Dubai, he refused and demanded to see a medical doctor.
“Anyway, I have made it crystal clear to the United Arab Emirates immigration authorities that I cannot and will not fly anywhere with them except to Kenya. I have refused to leave the international section of the airport. I will and must return to Kenya as a Kenyan citizen by birth as various courts have ordered, ” he stressed.
He said Justice George Odunga issued an order on March 28th that convicted Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I, Director of Immigration Gordon Kihalangwa and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet among others of criminal contempt and ordered that they appear before that court for sentencing today at 10:00am.
Miguna Miguna recuperating at an hospital at Dubai International Airport. PHOTO/COURTESY
He said Justice Odunga also ordered that he be released unconditionally and to attend court today at 10:00am.
“I had planned to give a victim impact statement during Matiang’i’s, Kihalangwa’s and Boinett’s sentencing by Justice Odunga. I hope that I will be given a chance to do so soonest,” he added.
Mr Miguna said he was an innocent man and his only crimes are that he swore-in National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga as The People’s President on January 30, 2018 and that he heads NRM in order to bring electoral justice, end bad governance and accountability in governance and he is determined to remove despots from their illegitimate positions of power.
“As I return to Kenya either today or tomorrow, I strongly encourage all patriotic Kenyans to remain firm, focused and fearless in the face of an outlaw, authoritarian and illegitimate regime of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto,” he emphasized.