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Kenya: Court acquits suspects charged alongside Willie Kimani’s client

June 29, 2018

A man holds a sign with the photos of slain human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri during a protest at Freedom Corner in Nairobi, July 4, 2016. /PATRICK VIDIJA

Three suspects who had been charged alongside the boda boda rider in the case concerning lawyer Willie Kimani have been freed by a Mavoko court.

Josphat Mwenda, the slain International Justice Mission (IJM) client, had been charged together with Samuel Mogaka Ondicho, Josephat Kibagendi Mogaka and Jotham Waswa.

They were accused of having narcotic drugs, gambling and resisting arrest.

The court ruled on Friday that they had no case to answer.

Magistrate Linus Kassan said the prosecution did not prove that the three found with drugs and resisted arrest.

Mwenda, IJM lawyer Kimani and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were kidnapped on June 23, 2016 when the case was mentioned.

Their mutilated bodies were found eight days later, stashed in gunny bags in a river in Ol-Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County.

AP officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Maina, Stephen Chebulet, Silvia Wanjiku and informer Peter Ngugi are on trial for the killings which sparked outrage across the country.

Before he was murdered, Mwenda told the court that he was shot in the hand by Leliman, taken to hospital, held in custody for a week and later dragged to court where more charges were preferred against him.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/06/29/court-acquits-suspects-charged-alongside-willie-kimanis-client_c1779771

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Kenya: IJM holds Willie Kimani’s 2nd memorial in Dandora

June 23, 2018

#Machoziyajana.

A memorial event to celebrate the lives of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others will be held today (Saturday) at Dandora Community Justice Centre.

This is going to be their second anniversary since the human rights lawyer was murdered alongside his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri in June 2016.

Organised by International Justice Mission, the event will take place from 2 pm to 4 pm at Dandora phase 2 social Hall.

Kimani worked at IJM.

“Giving victims of extrajudicial killings a voice #Machoziyajana. Two years later we still remember the sacrifice they made in fighting against police impunity and holding the police to account,” IJM said via Twitter on Saturday.

Since their murder in 2016, 38 witnesses have testified in court and eight more are expected to testify when the case resumes on October 1, 2018.

Four police officers and a civilian are in custody after they were charged with their murder.

Kimani, Muiruri and Mwenda were abducted while leaving Mavoko Law courts on June 23, 2016.

Their bodies were found dumped in Ol Donyo Sabuk river on July 1, 2016.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/06/23/ijm-holds-willie-kimanis-2nd-memorial-in-dandora_c1776838

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Willy-Kimani-s-murder-trial-resumes/1056-4381710-n02i3k/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36722205

#JusticeforWillie

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Two years ago, our hearts broke as we learned of the kidnapping and murder of our beloved friends — staff member, Willie Kimani, IJM client, Josephat Mwenda, and taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri. This tragedy sparked a national and global outcry for justice and an end to police abuse of power in Kenya.

And today, Kenya is listening.

Since the trial, we’ve seen five accused persons in custody, and 38 witnesses have testified. As we remember these heroes, we are encouraged that there is hope for justice and truth to shine through the darkness. #JusticeInKenya #MachoziYaJana

(International Justice Mission Facebook, 23/6/18)

Kenya/Canada: Miguna reacts to his latest travel ban to Kenya

May 25, 2018

Miguna Miguna Reacts to Reports that He Has Been Blacklisted from Traveling to Kenya

Controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna has given his thoughts on alleged government decision to completely restrict his entry to Kenya.

In a tweet on Thursday afternoon, the self-styled NRM-Kenya leader said he had not received comprehensive statement over the matter but mentioned that the notice published by Qatar Airlines was defamatory.

He said: “I’ve seen a DEFAMATORY “Bulletin” ALLEGEDLY from QATAR AIRWAYS claiming that the “Kenya Airport authorities” [sic], has banned me from “entering Kenya.” I’ve not been duly served with any such “notice.” I’ve instructed my advocates to establish its authenticity and deal with it.”

Earlier on, reports that the government had directed all airlines not to carry Miguna Miguna to Kenya emerged.

Qatar Airlines were first to publicly speak on the subject.

“Per the update received from the Kenyan Immigration Department, the below customer is not permitted to enter Kenya and has been blacklisted by Kenyan authorities,” the advisory read in part.

Qatar Airlines management called on its staff to be vigilant and ensure Miguna is not accepted to travel on any flights into the country.

https://hivisasa.com/posts/miguna-reacts-to-his-latest-travel-ban-to-kenya

https://hivisasa.com/posts/kenyans-react-after-miguna-miguna-was-banned-from-kenya

https://www.mwakilishi.com/article/diaspora-news/2018-05-25/miguna-miguna-reacts-to-reports-that-he-had-been-blacklisted

https://citizentv.co.ke/news/drama-looms-as-reports-emerge-of-miguna-on-blacklist-201522/

https://www.tuko.co.ke/274790-miguna-migunas-return-kenya-limbo-airlines-blacklists-him.html#274790

https://hivisasa.com/posts/more-leaders-react-as-miguna-miguna-is-blocked-permanently-from-entering-kenya

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguna_Miguna

#BringMigunaHome

Kenya/Canada: Miguna files new petition for return trip to Kenya

May 18, 2018

Miguna files new petition for return trip to Kenya

Embattled lawyer Miguna Miguna has filed a fresh case seeking court orders to grant him unconditional entry into Kenya.

This come barely a day after he cancelled his trip back to the country.

In the application, Miguna wants the court to direct that his perforated passport be released to the Kenya National Commission Human Rights(KNCHR).

Through his lawyer John Khaminwa, Miguna said the human rights agency will then present it to Immigration on the day he decides to return.

The fiery lawyer is accusing the Kenyan Government, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Immigration Department of not obeying court orders.

According to him, he has been denied his right to appear in court and present his evidence.

“The Government is deliberately seeking and acting to impede and obstruct the ability of the court to administer justice effectively or at all to hear and determine the petition expeditiously,” reads the petition that was filed at the Milimani Law Court.

According to the court documents, KNHCR wrote to Maj. Gordon Kihalangwa on May 5, giving notice of Miguna’s intended return on May 16.

In the notice, the organization asked the government to comply with the previous court orders to issue Miguna with a valid passport and purchase a flight ticket for the lawyer from Toronto to Nairobi

https://citizentv.co.ke/news/miguna-files-new-petition-for-return-trip-to-kenya-200817/

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Miguna-Miguna-in-court-seeking-unconditional-return/1056-4568858-rbeq6i/index.html

https://hivisasa.com/posts/ruto-pushing-for-migunas-return-analyst-claims

https://www.mwakilishi.com/article/kenya-news/2018-05-17/miguna-is-a-kenyan-well-ensure-he-returns-to-kenya-duale

https://www.tuko.co.ke/274269-miguna-files-petition-return-kenya-days-nomination-sonko-deputy.html#274269

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguna_Miguna

#BringMigunaHome

Kenya/Canada: I’m not returning today, go on hunger strike, Miguna tells patriots

May 16, 2018

NRMKe leader Miguna Miguna at JKIA after he was denied entry to Kenya in March, 2018. /EZEKIEL AMING'Á

Firebrand lawyer Miguna Miguna has postponed his trip back to Kenya citing states’ failure to issue him with a valid passport.

“I was determined to arrive home on schedule, however, just before my departure, I reluctantly cancelled my flight to Nairobi and postponed my next arrival date,” he said.

Miguna said he has instructed his lawyers to move to court with a view of challenging the Department of Immigration refusal to issue him with a valid Kenyan passport.

“We will provide you with my new arrival date as soon as the court gives further directions on this matter,” he said in a statement.

Miguna further asked NRMKe patriots to engage in peaceful protests “against the illegitimate regime’s continued violation of his rights and those of millions of Kenyans”.

“Hold processions, sit-ins, street protests, hunger strikes, and use all media at your disposals against the escalating tyranny and the culture of impunity,” he said.

The self-declared NRMKe leader claimed that NASA is dead and with ODM having essentially joined Jubilee, the NRMKe is the new Kenyan opposition.

“We will and must march on until we defeat those trying to institutionalise the culture of impunity. We must establish a merit based democratic society,” he said.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/05/16/im-not-returning-today-go-on-hunger-strike-miguna-tells-patriots_c1759381

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001280646/not-today-miguna-miguna-postpones-his-return

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Miguna-Miguna-may-not-return-today-says-KNCHR/1056-4564430-gv966l/index.html

https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/miguna-return-home/

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2018/05/miguna-not-boarding-flight-kenya-now/

https://www.mwakilishi.com/article/diaspora-news/2018-05-16/miguna-miguna-cancels-his-second-return-to-kenya

https://hivisasa.com/posts/miguna-miguna-declares-kenyas-official-opposition-party

http://allafrica.com/stories/201805160723.html

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/article/2001280640/miguna-explains-why-he-won-t-arrive-in-nairobi-today

http://www.africanews.com/2018/05/16/odinga-uhuru-handshake-has-killed-kenya-opposition-miguna-declares/

https://www.mwakilishi.com/article/kenya-news/2018-05-17/miguna-is-a-kenyan-well-ensure-he-returns-to-kenya-duale

https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/duale-miguna-kenyan-government-return-passport-video/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguna_Miguna

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/5afc0d94552723.36375657/1924272/2018-05-16/kenya-deputato-opposizione-miguna-miguna-posticipa-suo-rientro-nel-paese (ITALIANO)

#BringMigunaHome

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

In view of the refusal by the Department of Immigration to issue me with a valid Kenyan passport and facilitate my unconditional re-entry into Kenya as ordered by the High Court and formally requested by the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights on my behalf, and on advice from legal counsel, I have instructed my advocates to immediately bring to the attention of the court the continued willful contempt of its orders.

I was determined to arrive home on schedule, however, just before my departure, I reluctantly cancelled my flight to Nairobi and postponed my next arrival date.

We will provide you with my new arrival date as soon as the court gives further directions on this matter.

Meanwhile, I urge all Kenyan patriots and members of the National Revolutionary Movement of Kenya (NRMKe) to engage in peaceful protests against the illegitimate regime’s continued violation of my rights and the rights of millions of Kenyans, its continued refusal to obey court orders, its looting of hundreds of billions of public resources and failure to adhere to and respect the constitution.

Hold processions, sit ins, street protests, hunger strikes and use all media at your disposals against the escalating tyranny and the culture of impunity.

NASA is dead and with ODM having essentially joined Jubilee, the NRMKe is the new Kenyan opposition. We will and must march on until we defeat those trying to institutionalize the culture of impunity. We must establish a merit based democratic society.

Viva!

(Dr. Miguna Miguna Facebook, 16/5/18)

Kenya/Canada: Miguna expected back from Canada on Wednesday

May 16, 2018

Miguna Miguna

Lawyers representing self-declared NRM general Miguna Miguna could be heading to court on Wednesday, the same day he is expected to arrive from Canada.

The decision to go to court follows a letter by the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Immigration, Mr Gordon Kihalangwa, to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) that the department would neither issue Mr Miguna with a passport nor buy him an air  ticket as ordered by the court.

 

“We have been talking with the lawyers (for Mr Miguna) and we understand they are going to court on Thursday on the basis of Kihalangwa’s letter, which, in effect, says the government is still not keen on letting him back. So they will be asking for fresh directions and orders from the court,” KNCHR Vice-Chairman George Morara said.

DEPORTEDTWICE

 

Mr Miguna announced that he will be returning on Wednesday from Canada after the government deported him twice.

“May 16, 2018, my return date to my motherland is now engraved on granite. Thanks patriots, #NRMKe comrades, colleagues like Stuart Russell, for keeping the flame alive. We shall triumph,” he tweeted.

 

Mr Miguna has claimed that during his latest deportation on March 29, government officials “brutalised, tortured, sedated and forced” him into exile.

On the eve of his expected return, a lot of things including his itinerary still remained unclear.

 

“We are not getting any leads on the matter. Of course we are still keen on obeying the court orders and we will be writing to KAA for the facilitation like we did the other time,” said Mr Morara.

 

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Miguna-Miguna-to-fly-back-from-Canada-on-Wednesday/1064-4563476-i7ih4n/index.html

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001280537/miguna-s-second-coming-here-are-the-expected-scenarios

http://www.africanews.com/2018/05/16/miguna-miguna-set-for-showdown-with-gov-t-as-he-returns-to-kenya-today/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ktnnews/video/2000155185/-self-declared-nrm-general-miguna-miguna-expected-in-nairobi-tomorrow

https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/hang-seat-nrm-general-miguna-lands-today/

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2018/05/miguna-lands-wednesday-4pm-jkia/

http://allafrica.com/stories/201805160168.html

https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/miguna-return-home/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguna_Miguna

Kenya/Canada: Fresh Drama Looms at JKIA as Miguna Miguna Returns to Kenya Next Week

May 13, 2018

Fresh Drama Looms at JKIA as Miguna Miguna Returns to Kenya Next Week

A fresh showdown between deported lawyer Miguna Miguna and State authorities looms at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) when the former returns to the country on Wednesday.

Miguna announced he will return to the country from Canada on Wednesday, May 16th after he was kicked out of the country for the second time on March 28th.

“May 16, 2018, my return date to my motherland is now engraved on granite. Thanks patriots, #NRMKe comrades, colleagues like Stuart Russell, for keeping the flame alive. We shall triumph,” the lawyer tweeted on May 5th.

Last week, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) wrote to Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalang’wa asking him to issue Miguna with a passport and purchase an air ticket for his return.

However, responding to KNCHR letter, Kihalang’wa has informed the Commission that the department will undertake none of the demands. This signals to a possible confrontation between Miguna and Immigration officials when he lands at JKIA next week.

“The department cannot issue Mr Miguna with a valid Kenyan passport as he has not made any application for the same. Moreover, and without prejudice, we reiterate that Mr Miguna has to regain his Kenyan citizenship before being issued with a Kenyan passport,” Maj-Gen Kihalang’wa says in the letter dated May 10th.

https://www.mwakilishi.com/article/diaspora-news/2018-05-13/fresh-drama-looms-at-jkia-as-miguna-miguna-returns-to-kenya

https://www.tuko.co.ke/273614-miguna-allowed-kenya-government-writes-knchr.html#273614

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Another-Miguna-Miguna-drama-looms-/1064-4558670-76o3n5/index.html

https://www.update.co.ke/2018/05/13/what-government-plans-to-do-ahead-of-migunas-second-return/

https://hivisasa.com/posts/government-gives-final-verdict-ahead-of-migunas-return

https://hivisasa.com/posts/why-migunas-lawyers-are-worried-ahead-of-his-return

https://www.tuko.co.ke/273614-miguna-allowed-kenya-government-writes-knchr.html#273614

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/05/14/no-special-treatment-for-you-miguna-told_c1757887

http://allafrica.com/stories/201805140104.html

http://zipo.co.ke/34552/shock-awaits-miguna-miguna-at-jkia-as-he-returns-on-wednesday/

https://hivisasa.com/posts/activist-to-resume-hunger-strike-if-miguna-is-denied-entry-to-kenya

https://hivisasa.com/posts/miguna-miguna-raila-uhuru-plots-to-kill-and-dump-me-in-lake-victoria

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001280379/why-state-should-facilitate-miguna-s-smooth-return-or-denounce-handshake

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/05/15/sanity-or-another-showdown-what-to-expect-with-migunas-return_c1758688

http://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/politics/opinion-what-to-expect-as-miguna-makes-second-return-to-kenya-id8378419.html

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001280537/miguna-s-second-coming-here-are-the-expected-scenarios

https://hivisasa.com/posts/what-time-will-miguna-land-at-jkia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguna_Miguna

http://jornaldeangola.sapo.ao/mundo/oposicao_politica_esta_unida_contra_o_governo_queniano (PORTUGUES)