3 December 2012

Kenya: Devani Blasts Govt for Failure to Deport Wife

A city tycoon has questioned the government's failure to deport his estranged wife two months after her dependant pass was nullified.

Raj Devani claims some powerful individuals within and outside the government have been protecting his estranged wife Adina Devani even though the the Immigration minister had canceled her dependants pass.

A letter from the Ministry of Immigration dated September 13, 2012, and addressed to Adina indicated that her dependent pass number 165458 issued on June 27, 1995 had been invalidated with immediate effect.

"You are required therefore, to surrender the original dependants pass and passport for cancellation and deletion at this office as soon as possible but not later than October 13, 2012," reads part of the letter signed by Josiah Musili on behalf of the director of immigration services.

In September, Adina's advocate Judy Thongori accused the Immigration ministry of attempting to deport the millionaire businessman's wife and even sought a court order barring the minister, Otieno Kajwang', from deporting Adina until the case is heard and determined. Adina is embroiled in a divorce case with her husband. She has enjoined Attorney General Githu Muigai in the case fighting the deportation.

But the businessman yesterday claimed his wife has been residing in the country illegally since September when the minister canceled her dependant pass.

Devani said his enstranged wife tried to apply for citizenship using a forged affidavit purportedly drafted by him. Adina's lawyers however said the businessman is trying to influence the cases pitting him and his wife.

They accused Devani of influencing her application for citizenship.The two were married in 1994 but separated in 2011.

Devani's claims come just one week after the High Court rescued another expatriate, a scratch-card printing expert whose work permit was canceled by the Ministry of Immigration early this year.

Justice Weldon Korir ruled that the Principal Immigration Officer acted unreasonably when he cancelled Devaraj Bagavan's work permit without giving him reasons for the cancellation.

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