Citizen TV news anchor Jeff Koinange, who exclusively covered Miguna Miguna’s attempted deportation to Dubai from the JKIA on Monday night, says he had booked Emirates EK722, unsuspecting that chaos would ensue in the flight.
Drama-scarred Mr Miguna forced the Dubai-bound plane to delay its departure by slightly over 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Mr Koinange told eDaily that he was headed to Hamburg, Germany for the induction of an endorsement deal he has landed with a foreign oil company. He witnessed – first hand – as the drama unfolded on the runway as flight EK722 was preparing to take off.
Mr Koinange said Mr Miguna’s clothes were ripped during the scuffle as the firebrand politician shouted he wasn’t going to board the flight.
Mr Miguna stood his ground, stymieing his intended deportation by refusing to enter the plane after heavily-armed GSU and uniformed policemen tried to bundle him into the waiting flight.
“The immigration officials told the pilot that the flight was not going to leave until it had Mr Miguna on board. The shocked foreign passengers were wondering who Mr Miguna was, and we had to profile him to them,” said Mr Koinange.
The plane was carrying more than 400 passengers, who were headed to different destinations such as Malaysia, USA, Germany, among other destinations via Dubai.
A section of online users questioned, on Twitter, how Mr Koinange found himself aboard the drama-laden flight – around the same time Mr Miguna was to be ejected from the country.
Mr Koinange says that was a “coincidence”.
Mr Miguna’s attempted deportation came after a dramatic 9-hour stand-off between the ex-Nairobi gubernatorial candidate and immigration officials at the JKIA.
The Emirates plane, which was scheduled to depart from JKIA at 10:45pm Monday, was grounded for over an hour as it waited for the unexpected extra passenger – Miguna Miguna.
The plane left JKIA at 12:25am Tuesday without Mr Miguna on board.
NASA chief Raila Odinga, who arrived at the JKIA at 10:05pm to facilitate Mr Miguna’s entry into the country, saw his efforts thwarted by a heavy contingent of GSU police. Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi’s efforts to gain entry into the Terminal E arrivals point, where Mr Miguna was, were also forestalled. Mr Wanjigi said he had gone to the airport to “show solidarity with Mr Miguna”.
The government early Monday, March 26, dismissed claims Miguna Miguna was denied entry into the country upon arrival from Canada on Monday.
The Interior ministry said Mr Miguna declined to present the passport he travelled in upon arrival at JKIA as required by law.
Mwenda Njoka, the ministry’s spokesperson, said: “IATA regulations requires travellers to show the documents they travelled in at the point of entry.”
There was a stand-off at the JKIA after Mr Miguna declined to be issued with a tourist visa to gain entry.
Miguna said he suspcted the tourist visa application, as sought by immigrations, was a trick which he wasn’t going to fall for.
He said applying for the visa would take away his rights.
He maintained that the government had to adhere to court orders issued, which stated he be allowed entry as a Kenyan citizen.
On Tuesday, March 28, Mr Miguna remained locked up at the JKIA departures point at Terminal 2 after he refused to sign immigration documents meant to “regularise” his citizenship.
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