July 20, 2018

KNHRC issues demands to state over Miguna’s return

Lawyer Miguna Miguna was deported on March 28, 2018 despite a court order barring such. [www.nation.co.ke]

The Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) has asked the state to facilitate Miguna Miguna’s return by issuing him a Kenyan passport and an air ticket from Toronto, Canada.

Miguna on Saturday announced he will return to the country on May 16.

“I am returning to Kenya on May 16 2018. I am a Kenyan citizen by birth. The High Court has ordered @FredMatiangi @GKihalangwa, @JBoinnet and Kinoti 13 times to issue me with a valid Kenyan passport and facilitate my return to Kenya as a Kenyan unconditionally,” tweeted Miguna.

KNHRC in a statement on Wednesday urged the state to grant them a pass to meet Miguna when he arrives at JKIA to facilitate his re-entry to Kenya.

In the letter the immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa and Immigration Director on May 5 by KNHRC chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori, the human rights body said they expect coordination from government agencies in facilitating Miguna’s return.

“Miguna has informed the commission that he will return to Kenya on May 16. To enable the Commission comply with the court directive, the Commission urges your office to comply with the court orders,” said Mbogori according to the Standard.

Miguna ran into headwinds with the state over his role at the unofficial swearing-in of Raila Odinga on January 30 at Uhuru Park.

Raila was sworn in as the “People’s President” and Miguna stamped the oath documents. He was arrested two days later over the incident and locked up in police cells for five days.

He was later deported back to Canada on February 6 and returned on March 26.

He landed at JKIA at 2:30pm where he immediately got into a standoff with immigration officials for refusing to hand over his passport for stamping.

A fiery and outright brave Miguna resisted attempts by the state to deport him back on the same day. He was then detained incommunicado at JKIA’s Terminal 2 until March 28 when he was bundled into a Dubai-bound Emirates plane.

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