Bernice Mbugua @BerniceMuhindi
Immigration Principal secretary Gordon Kihalangwa yesterday surrendered the passport of self-declared National Resistance Movement (NRM) General Miguna Miguna to court. Kihalangwa complied with High Court order made on February 15 by Justice Luka Kimaru directing the former to surrender the said passport within seven days.
In a letter by his lawyer Fred Ngatia, the Immigration boss says Miguna’s passport was confiscated by the department on February 6 and perforated as soon as he was deported. “Perforation of a passport is a standard procedure once a holder is deported.
In abundant caution we wish to state that the action of compliance is without prejudice to our client’s rights to challenge the legal validity of the orders issued by the court,” reads part of the letter written by the law firm of Fred Ngatia. Justice Luka Kimaru had declared the deportation of Miguna Miguna as illegal.
The judge said at the time Miguna was deported, Inspector General Joseph Boinnet and DCI George Kinoti were in contempt of court orders. Soon after the judge made the ruling, the government issued a statement claiming that Miguna’s deportation was procedural and done lawfully.
The statement released by Interior ministry Principal secretary Karanja Kibicho also read that the ruling made by Justice Kimaru directing the Director of Immigration Services to surrender Miguna’s passport within seven days was not in the best interest of the country.