- Miguna Miguna
There was drama on Tuesday, November 23, at the Kenyan Embassy in Berlin, Germany, after state officials rejected exiled Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna’s court order.
The outspoken activist visited the embassy to present the physical copy of a ruling made by Justice Hedwig Ong'undi on Monday, November 22. The High Court ordered that Miguna be issued with an emergency travel document which he would use to board a plane to Kenya.
The ruling was made after Miguna's lawyers sued the government over a red alert issued to airlines, blocking them from flying him into the Kenyan airspace.
The officials, however, refused to receive the order and indicated that they could not even read it, claiming that they as individuals are not the embassy. They added that the court order could not work independently, and other procedures must be followed.Embattled lawyer Miguna Miguna aboard a plane in Germany on January 7, 2020, that was bound to Nairobi
In the video, a senior envoy indicated that Miguna had lost his citizenship and that the only way he could be assisted was by being assisted with a certificate to regain his status as a Kenyan citizen.
A visibly annoyed Miguna, reprimanded the official - informing her that the courts had on more than ten occasions canvassed the matter and had unequivocally ruled that he was a Kenyan citizen who never lost his status at any given time.
“You are refusing to give me the emergency travel document which the court order has made clear that you should give it to me. You are the deputy head and that’s why I’m addressing you.
“I don’t want to argue because this is a court order. We all know that a court order is not open to debate and argument,” he remarked.
As he insisted that the court order had to be obeyed, the state officials flatly refused to read its contents.
“When I was here, you argued that you had not seen the order because the order had not been served. I have brought a copy of it but you do not want to see what the order says,” Miguna stated.
One official identified as Esther Mungai insisted that if she were to read the copy, she would find it online and read it, but not focus on the physical copy that Miguna had brought.
“We obey the court order and we operate within the law, but you know that your citizenship lapsed. There is no court order that operates independently,” Mungai stated.
The argument was getting out of control when the officials left the room, and later on, stated that they were headed to a meeting.
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