Kenya: Miguna ‘injected’ and deported unconscious after being detained in toilet

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Kenyan opposition politician Miguna Miguna was held down by security officials and injected “with noxious substances” before being deported on Tuesday.

The Kenyan-Canadian national says he was forced onto a plane headed from Dubai from Nairobi airport, despite court orders that he should be allowed into the country. This is the second time Miguna has been deported from Kenya after he was initially forced to return to Canada last month.

Miguna deported again

In a Facebook post published on Thursday, Miguna gave his account of what happened at Nairobi airport since he attempted to return to Kenya on Monday. The opposition politician says around fifty armed security officials led by a single police officer broke into the toilet where he had been detained for more than 24 hours, wrestled him to the ground and held him down 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.”

Miguna says woke up hours later on an Emirates plane at Dubai airport where staff attempted to force him off the aircraft and escort him to the airport’s police station. However, he refused and demanded to see a doctor who eventually confirmed that his body contained chemicals capable of rendering him unconscious, he said in the post.

Miguna vows to fight on

Despite his ordeal at Nairobi airport, Miguna insists he will return to Kenya after refusing to leave the international section of Dubai airport. His second deportation has sparked heavy criticism from inside Kenya with many citizens rhetorically asking the government if it intends to deport them as well.

Miguna was first deported from Kenya after he participated in a symbolic swearing-in ceremony for opposition leader Raila Odinga. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and Odinga have since promised to put their political differences aside but this doesn’t appear to include a concession for Miguna.

Kenyan authorities insist the opposition figure is no longer a Kenyan citizen after acquiring Canadian citizenship as there was no provision for dual citizenship when he became a Canadian national.

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.