Senate Minority leader and Cord co-principal Moses Wetang’ula was on Thursday evening barred from boarding a Kenya Airways flight to Mombasa after he failed to produce his national identification card.
Wetang’ula who said his ID was in his luggage en route to the coastal city via road produced his Frequent Flier Platinum Card issued by the national carrier, buy the airline officials rejected it saying it was not proof of identity.
It took the intervention of speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, speaker of the Senate Ekwe Ethuro and a host of other senators to convince the airline officials to allow the Bungoma senator onto the flight.
The leaders refused to continue with the trip that had subsequently been delayed for an hour until Wetang’ula was allowed to board.
According to Cord communications officer Philip Etale, the airline eventually yielded to the pressure and cleared Wetang’ula for the flight.