Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa have been fined Kshs 200,000 each for contempt of Court. On Wednesday, Judge Odunga had ordered the three respondents to appear in Court along with the petitioner MIguna Miguna. They failed to comply and were convicted accordingly. The judge had noted that Court orders had been disobeyed by the state since the beginning of February to date in the case concerning Miguna. While delivering the verdict at Milimani Law Courts on Thursday, Judge George Odunga noted that the respondents had violated Article 10 of the constitution by failing to adhere to the rule of law by presently disobeying Court orders, “It’s however not appropriate in proceedings to declare them unsuitable for all public offices. That’s a matter for another forum,” added Odunga.
He said the fine will be deducted from their salaries and that the deputy registrar of the Court will transmit the order of the Court to their respective employers forthwith. However, Miguna has already been deported to Dubai, even after the High Court had ordered his release, and had granted his lawyers permission to talk to him. Miguna’s lawyers had reported that they were roughed up by GSU officers when they went to issue the order at JKIA on Wednesday night. It remains to be seen what will happen next in the revolving table, that is, the Miguna Miguna saga.