March 23, 2019

Miguna not a Kenyan citizen, government says ahead of his return

Lawyer Miguna Miguna. [courtesy]

Showdown looms ahead of self-styled NRM ‘general’ Miguna Miguna’s return as government declared its stand on Sunday.

In a statement to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa said Miguna is not a Kenyan citizen and will only be allowed to the country if he presents his Canadian passport.

Kihalangwa was categorical that Miguna must apply for Kenyan Citizenship.

The Immigration PS told KNCHR that the department will not issue the fiery lawyer a new Kenyan passport because he has not applied for it.

Further in responding to KNCHR’s demands ahead of Miguna’s return, Kihalangwa bluntly said government will not purchase any ticket for him as had earlier been demanded by the human rights body.

Last week, KNCHR through its Chair Kagwiria Mbogori had written to the state asking that Miguna be facilitated to return to Kenyan by issuing him a Kenyan passport and airfare from Toronto, Canada.

Mbogori had also asked the state to issue clearance to some of its members to meet Miguna at JKIA and help in his re-entry.

Miguna according to his lawyer Cliff Ombeta will leave Canada through Germany on March 14 before boarding a flight to JKIA.

Ombeta has promised to fight back should the state bar Miguna’s re-entry.

“There is a court order directing that Miguna should come in without any conditions,” Ombeta told Citizen Digital.

“If they bring another problem, we will still have the same fights we had last time because its Miguna’s right to be in the country.  All these other things of insisting that Miguna must come in with a Visa is rubbish.”

On May 5, Miguna via twitter informed Kenyans of his comeback.

“I am returning to Kenya on May 16, 2018. I am a Kenyan citizen by birth. The High Court has ordered Fred Matiangi, Gordon Kihalangwa, Joseph Boinnet and Kinoti 13 times to issue me with a valid Kenyan passport and facilitate my return to Kenya as a Kenyan unconditionally,” he tweeted.

He was first deported on February 6 following his role in the unofficial swearing-in of Raila Odinga as the People’s President at Uhuru Park on January 30.

He later came back on March 26. He landed at JKIA at 2:30pm when a three-day standoff with the state ensued.

On that Monday, efforts to deport him hit a snag after he refused to surrender his travel documents for stamping.

He was held incommunicado at JKIA’s Terminal 2 for the next 72 hours before he was deported for a second time.



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