The government stranglehold on the media is not over yet. This emerged once more when KTN News went off air briefly on Thursday afternoon as the station’s news anchor Akisa Wandera was interviewing NRM General Miguna Miguna live from Canada following High Court Judge Luka Kimaru’s ruling that the decision to deport him was null and void.
Apparently, Miguna was using language that did not sit well with authorities in Kenya though it is not clear if the decision to switch off was internal (for fear of Uhuru) or external (by Uhuru himself making the order or someone in his circle).
In his ruling, which came a day after Justice Chacha Mwita had declined a similar application, Justice Kimaru directed Director of Immigration Gordon Kihalagwa to surrender Miguna’s passports to court within seven days.
However, in a swift reaction, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said the ruling was not in the best interest of the country and the government would appeal it.
“As much as the government respects the court’s decision, it still holds its earlier stated view that the deportation of Miguna was procedural and in accordance to the law. The government’s legal team is reviewing the High Court order and will shortly be appealing the court decision,” Kibicho said in a statement.
Miguna was deported last week on the orders of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on the basis that he did not renew his Kenyan citizenship following the coming into force of the 2010 Constitution, which paved way for Kenyans to hold dual citizenship.
Miguna, who fled the country during the regime of former President Moi, also holds a Canadian passport.