Kenya’s Nasa Leaders Barred From Flying to Tsvangirai’s Funeral

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Siaya Senator James Orengo and Nairobi businessman Jimi Wanjigi spent the night at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after a nasty encounter with Immigration officers.

There was drama at JKIA as immigration officials blocked Mr Orengo and Mr Wanjigi from flying to Zimbabwe where they were scheduled to attend the burial of the country’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

On Monday night, Senator Orengo said immigration officials at the airport detained Mr Wanjigi’s passport, apparently on orders from the Director of Immigration.

On Tuesday morning, he said him and Wanjigi spent the night at the airport.

As at 7:30am, they were still inside the airport waiting for the director of immigration Gordon Kihalangwa at JKIA to deal with the passport issue.

They refused to leave without Mr Wanjigi’s passport.

Their flight to Zimbabwe was to leave JKIA at around 9.20pm Monday but missed it as they waited for Mr Wanjigi’s passport to be released to him.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga on Monday afternoon left the country for Zimbabwe to attend Mr Tsvangirai’s funeral.

Standoff at JKiA as Sen Orengo and Jimi Wanjigi denied exit out of the country despite a court order to attend the funeral of Rt. Hon Morgan Tsvangirai in Zimbabwe.

Source: nairobinews

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