Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Why we stopped Orengo, Wanjigi from travelling - Immigration

Why we stopped Orengo, Wanjigi from travelling - Immigration

Orengo and Wanjigi were catching a flight to Zimbabwe for the burial of the country's Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Siaya Senator James Orengo and businessman Jimi Wanjigi had booked tickets to fly to Harare, Zimbabwe to attend the funeral service of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai when they were barred from leaving through the airport on Monday night.

On Monday, the high court revoked the government decision to cancel passports belonging to a number of NASA leaders.

"We feel we have not only been inconvenienced, but this is humiliating and inhuman".

The seven claim that the decision to suspend their passports was communicated via a letter dated February 5, 2018 which was addressed to some of them, in some instances some of their passports were confiscated at the port of departure from Kenya without notification and reasons.

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A lawyer for Orengo and Wanjigi said they would seek legal redress. We are not changing. "And there is light, and a lot of light, ahead".

But in his defence, Kihalangwa said they had not been served with court orders reversing the revocation of their passports by the time the duo reported to the airport.

"Once the court has given an order, all those officers who disobey that court order, they will bear personal responsibility for all that they have done in disobedience of the court order and in further infringement of the rights of my clients", Willis Otieno told reporters from Nairobi airport. Instead they showed some writings in their phones purporting to be the court orders.

The suspension of passports came amid intense crackdown on opposition leaders who participated in the controversial swearing-in of NASA leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Uhuru Park Grounds in Nairobi.

High court judge John Mativo had earlier today issued conservatory orders restraining the state from interfering with the leaders travelling documents and movements in and out of the country until the case is heard and determined. "The two could not be allowed to proceed with their journey until copies of the said orders were availed", read the statement.

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