BY SAM ALFAN.
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights wants the judiciary to order the State to allow lawyer Miguna Miguna into the country and compensate him for the JKIA standoff.
In a report filed at the court on April 23, the rights body wants the government to return Miguna’s Kenyan passport.
“The government should offer compensation and reparations for the harm, damage and loss of property occasioned by the respondents and their officers on Miguna,” the commission holds.
In the report the rights watchdog says it is greatly disturbed by the lack of respect for the Constitution and the rule of law as demonstrated by three senior government officers namely Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i, Immigration PS Gordon Kihalang’wa and Police IG Joseph Boinett.
“Those in power must lead by example in adhering to the rule of law. Otherwise they encourage ordinary citizens to defy the law, which can lead to anarchy,” KNHRC said.
The agency also wants Matiang’i, Kihalangwa and Boinnet declared unfit to hold public office.
“For the violations of Miguna’s fundamental rights and freedoms, all those culpable must be held to account in accordance with the law,” the report states.
According to the report, journalists covering the Miguna saga who were harassed and beaten by police should get compensated.
The commission says it will work closely with the Independent Police Oversight Authority and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in pursuit of compensation for the victims.
It has also promised to ensure the officers involved are prosecuted.