NASA leaders Orengo, Ndii barred from leaving country
Opposition leaders Siaya Senator James Orengo and NASA strategists David Ndii were yesterday denied access to their passports by immigration officials despite a court order that directed that the duo be allowed possession of the vital traveling documents.
Justice John Mativo yesterday had ordered that the leaders be given back the travel documents pending the hearing of a case where they are challenging the government’s move to confiscate the documents. Opposition leaders including political scientist Dr. Adams Oloo, Raila Odinga’s lawyer Paul Mwangi, Dagoretti North Member of Parliament Simba Arati and Henry Mien, a member of the Nasa strategy team have also not been given back their passports despite the court order.
Orengo and Ndii were scheduled to travel together with NASA leader Raila Odinga to Buhera, Zimbabwe where MDC and former Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s requiem mass was to be held before he is laid to rest. Tsvangirai passed on last week after a long battle with colon cancer.
Speaking in Nairobi, the NASA leaders condemned the move citing the incident as an act of lawlessness.
‘Court orders must be obeyed, we are slowly going back to the dark era where government officials dictate and impose non-existent laws on the people. It is sad that the Jubilee government officials keep on disrespecting the courts which is an independent institution and a very important arm of the government,’
said the Siaya Senator.
Meanwhile, the man behind the NASA leaders’ woes; Raila Odinga left the country yesterday without a hitch and arrived in Harare with Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o and his sister Beryl Achieng. The Kenyan delegation was welcomed by acting MDC President Nelson Chamisa.
‘PASSING OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI
I have learnt of the passing of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai with deep sorrow.
I considered Morgan a champion and a distinguished political leader of the Second Liberation of Zimbabwe from the dictatorship imposed by Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF which destroyed the hopes and aspirations of citizens of a nation that was once regarded as a shining hope in Africa.
Morgan dared to dream of democracy, freedom and justice for his country and his people despite the firm hands of dictatorship that held sway. By standing up for these ideals, Mr. Tsvangirai inspired a generation, planted hope in down-trodden Zimbabweans that change was possible and loosened Robert Mugabe’s suffocating hold on the people and the nation.
Until his death Mr. Tsvangirai remained a source of inspiration to a generation of leaders across the continent for his courage and determination in the face of monumental odds. His death leaves a gap in a country that still needs strong and vigilant forces of change to return to the path of democracy and freedom. I pray that the party he founded, the MDC, will hold firm and pursue the ideals he lived for.
My family, our party the Orange Democratic Movement and the National Super Alliance join Mr. Tsvangirai’s family, the MDC and the people of Zimbabwe in mourning his death,’
H.E. Raila Odinga
February 15, 2018.
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