In Summary
  • Mr Amos Wako said he was in the dark on reasons for the order imposed by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo despite “a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request” by his personal lawyer.
  • The Busia senator wants the US government to come clean on this latest travel ban, which includes his wife Ms Flora Ngaira and son Julius Wako.
  • Nevertheless, the senator said the ban will not affect his responsibilities and his membership to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Taskforce.

Former Attorney-General Amos Wako on Wednesday came out to battle his recent ban from setting foot on US soil.

Mr Wako told journalists in Nairobi that he was in the dark on reasons for the order imposed by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo despite “a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request” by his personal lawyer.

In the 2012 application, Mr Wako wanted full disclosure of the accusations that led the State Department to deny him a visa in November 2009.

EVIDENCE

Mr Wako, who is Busia senator, said he wants the US government to come clean on this latest travel ban, which includes his wife Ms Flora Ngaira and son Julius Wako.

The ban against the second-term parliamentarian was issued on November 18, 2009 over his alleged involvement in corruption and failing to prosecute those accused of the offence.

Mr Wako denied the allegations saying the US should provide the evidence that triggered the ban.

“I was baffled and perplexed when out of the blue, without any notification whatsoever or being given the fundamental right of being heard on any allegations, [the ban was issued] against me, " he told the media at the parliamentary media centre on Wednesday afternoon.

"Where has the utter commitment to the protection of human rights, the rule of law and constitutionalism gone in the US?

FIRST BAN

It is not the first time Mr Wako has been banned from the US.

On November 4, 2009, the US government revoked his visa while he served as the country’s legal advisor before his retirement on August 27, 2010, following promulgation of the Constitution.

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