Kenyan lawyer says he is blocked from returning home

NAIROBI, KENYA (AP) — A Kenyan lawyer said he was removed from an Air France flight as he tried to return home months after being deported to Canada, despite court orders saying he is a Kenyan citizen and should be accorded all rights.

Miguna Miguna said in a Facebook post he had been to Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland in his attempt to get home. Air France confirmed the Paris incident in a tweet, saying it had received a request from Kenyan officials.

Miguna was first deported after he swore in Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga in early 2018 as the “people’s president” to protest elections that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in for a second term. The opposition boycotted the vote and called it flawed.

Kenya’s government asserted that Miguna is a Canadian citizen and had acquired Kenyan citizenship illegally. But Kenya’s high court later ordered that his Kenyan passport be restored and he be given safe passage into the country.

Opposition politician Miguna Miguna (C) raises his fist as a gesture to the crowd in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. PHOTO: AP