Deported Nigerian businessman Ali Oumarou Moumounl famously known as Ali Kiza has filed a protest against his deportation.

According to the papers filed in court by Kiza’s lawyer Stephen Gitonga, the 47 year old said he left the country on August 22 for business to learn that he had been deported.

Before leaving Nairobi, the Proprietor of Kiza Lounge in Kilimani had applied to the Interior ministry for the renewal of his work permit, but the request took long.

Kiza Lounge
Kiza Lounge. photo credit: Kiza Lounge
Kiza Lounge
Kiza Lounge. photo credit: Kiza Lounge

This forced him to head to court in a bid to stop his imminent arrest and deportation. He said in documents filed in court that his work permit was valid for two years.

And that he applied for a renewal on January 30.

He said he paid the processing fee, but the ministry failed to consider his application despite acknowledging receiving the application.

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Fally Ipupa with Kiza restaurant owner Ali Kiza(in a black cap)

Facing imminent arrest, Mr Ali filed a petition before the High Court through his lawyer Stephen Gitonga. Justice Pauline Nyamweya certified the petition as urgent.

Makau granted the request and directed the case to be heard on November 19.

Mr Gitonga wants to be allowed to amend the petition to align the prayers being sought with Mr Ali’s current situation.

In the petition, Mr Ali has named the Director-General Kenya Citizens and Foreign Nationals Management Services.

The Interior CS, inspector General of Police and the Attorney General as respondents has directed it to be heard on September 3 by Justice James Makau.

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Kiza Lounge owner Ali Kiza with his wife (C) and Keri Hilson

When the matter came up for hearing, a State counsel informed Justice Makau of a deportation order dated August 14.

Mr Gitonga said it was the first time they learned of the deportation order although the State counsel had no documents to back the claim.

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