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Wetangula laments Kenya Airways humiliation

24 October 2014, 13:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - CORD principal Moses Wetangula has lamented the embarrassing scenes where he was denied entry into a Kenya Airways plane due to lack of identification.

The embarrassed Wetangula was Thursday evening denied entry into a flight to Mombasa because he did not have his Identification Card ID on him.

Thus airline officials as per procedure refused to let him board the flight.

However, with other leaders also boarding the flight to Mombasa vouching for Wetangula, he eventually was allowed to board after they said the plane would not leave unless the CORD leader was on board.

They included Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro.

Wetangula's ID was apparently in his baggage on the way to Mombasa by road at the time and with him being a 'Mheshimiwa' the airline was forced to bend the rules to accommodate him.

Read also: Leaders show 'solidarity' with Wetangula in ID mishap

Speaking Friday over the matter, Wetangula was unhappy with what he called lack of respect and quorum from the airline, one he says he has helped grow over the years.

" An identity card is not a travel document. I was accosted by some angry looking lady. She asked me to get out of the plane in full view of members of the public. It was embarrassing," he said of the ordeal.

He also insists that he has helped the airline achieve so much over the years for it to turn around and treat him like an outsider.

" When I was Foreign affairs minister, I helped KQ grow to more than 10 destinations. I was humiliated," he added.

Former cabinet minister Mutahi Kagwe also blamed the airline of blowing the issue way out of proportion.

" It was a simple case of identification. We all told the KQ staff that we could identify Wetangula and they still refused. It was a small issue that was dealt with badly," he opined.

Wetangula was travelling together with other leaders to Mombasa for a Senate forum when the incident occured.

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