Kenya ejects NASA politician following arrest

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Kenya’s government has ejected opposition politician Miguna Miguna days after he was arrested.

The NASA politician was put on a flight to Canada on Tuesday evening, little more than twelve hours before authorities were ordered to present him in court. Miguna’s whereabouts since his arrest were unknown after police defied an earlier order to present him in court and grant him bail.

Miguna ejected to Canada

A verified Twitter account that calls itself “The Official Government Newsroom” appeared to confirm Miguna’s exit on Tuesday. Kenyan-born Miguna gained citizenship in Canada, where he completed his higher education and worked for more than a decade, before returning to Kenya in 2007 following sexual misconduct accusations.

Miguna was arrested last month after he participated in a symbolic inauguration of NASA leader Raila Odinga as “the people’s president” on January 30th. Miguna stamped documents used for the ceremony which prompted the government to shut down various TV stations that attempted to cover the event.

His whereabouts remained unknown until his lawyer revealed Miguna had been sent back to Canada.

Government in a ‘panic’

Speaking to KTN News – one of the stations shut down by the government for attempting to broadcast Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony – Minguna’s lawyer, Nelson Havi, claimed the government is in a panic.

“Miguna is so insignificant in Kenyan politics so there is no need for police to detain him unlawfully,” he said. “The panic by Jubilee tells it all. If they are firmly in control, why panic?”

Featured image: By Miguna Miguna, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34248607

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.