Senator James Orengo and Jimmy Wanjigi were traveling to Zimbabwe to attend funeral of Morgna Tsvangirai when they were stopped by Immigration officials at JKIA. Photo: Nation.
Orengo, Wanjigi barred from leaving the country despite court order reinstating their passports
Siaya County Senator James Orengo and billionaire Jimmy Wanjigi barred from traveling outside the country moments after court reinstated their passports – The two were on their way to Harare, Zimbabwe, to join NASA leader Raila Odinga who had traveled to attend funeral of the later opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai – They were reportedly stopped by Immigration officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) who received received instructions not to allow them to leave the country – High Court had reversed government’s decision to suspend passports of several National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition leaders and officials including Orengo and Wanjigi – When Orengo called Immigration boss, Gordon Kihalangwa, to find out why they were ignoring court order, he reportedly told them that he had not seen the said orders
Drama unfolded at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on the evening of Monday, February 19, when Siaya Senator James Orengo and billionaire Jimmy Wanjigi were stopped by Immigration officials from flying out of the country shortly after court restored their passports. TUKO.co.ke has established that Orengo and Wanjigi were traveling to Harare, Zimbabwe, to join National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga who had traveled to attend funeral of the later Zimbabwe’s opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai. Send ‘NEWS’ to 40227 to receive all the important breaking news as it happens The two had reportedly booked tickets and were set to leave by around 9.30 pm. They arrived at JKIA some 30 minutes to their flight schedule.
Trouble started when one of the Immigration officials at the airport reportedly approached the two NASA leaders, grabbed Wanjigi’s passport and walked away with it while on phone. “Hey, that passport is mine! Give give it back to me. You are ignoring court orders!” Wanjigi yelled , as quoted by The Standard, but that did not help.
With the KQ plane they had booked just about to take off, Orengo called the Immigration boss, Gordon Kihalangwa, to find out why they were disobeying a court order. In response, Kihalangwa reportedly told the senator that he had not seen the said orders and theretofore their passports remained suspended.
The two NASA leaders were eventually left frustrated and stranded at JKIA as they watched the KQ plane they had booked take off. As was earlier reported by TUKO.co.ke, High Court on Monday, February 19, 2018, reversed government’s decision to suspend passports of several NASA leaders and officials including Orengo and Wanjigi.