Renown human rights activist Maina Kiai was yesterday (Sunday, August 20) detained at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), after immigration officials asked him for travel clearance.
The US-based lawyer was scheduled to catch a flight at 7.50am but State employees refused to stamp exit stamp on his passport.
Immigration supervisor at the airport, Nancy Ng’ang’a, couldn’t explain to journalists why Kiai needed clearance to leave the country yet he is not a government employee.
This amid Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) making headlines and trending for hours on Twitter after it ran into trouble with the government after the NGOs coordination board ordered its accounts frozen.
The Harvard-schooled lawyer is a board member of the charitable organisation, one of the oldest charitable institutions in the country.
Kiai and his team obtained orders from a court stopping NGO coordination board boss Fazul Mahamed who has been on a delisting spree, from executing the freeze order.
Meanwhile, Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i ordered Fazul to stop the crackdown on NGOs, and formed as task force to oversee compliance by the organisations.