Why Miguna declined to apply for a Tourist Visa; it doesn’t allow political engagement

Lawyer Miguna Miguna with his lawyers at the JKIA after arriving from Canada on Monday, March 26, 2018. PHOTO: The Star

Self-styled National Resistance Movement ‘general’ lawyer Miguna Miguna for the better part of Monday hit the headlines.

Miguna had just jetted back to Kenya aboard an Emirates plane at around 2:30pm when drama unfolded.

By the fact that he has no Kenyan passport, according to Kenyan authorities, he was required to apply for a Kenyan tourist Visa for him to be allowed into the country.

But an adamant Miguna could hear none of this. He said this was a ploy by the state to take away his rights.

“There is no way I will agree to what they are asking because what it does is that it waives rights that will never be restored. I know the mischief,” said Miguna according to the Star.

Ten hours after the push and pull, the state ordered he be re-deported to Canda via Dubai but he resisted this.

And as it has emerged, one of the key things cut out by a Kenyan tourist visa is that it does not allow its holder to participate in any political activities.

Miguna has in recent months been active politically even after his failed bid for Nairobi Governorship in the August 8, 2017 polls.

In late January, he declared himself NRM ‘general’ and vowed to fight corporate entities that allegedly worked with Jubilee to rig the bungled August 8 polls.

In his role as the NRM general, he asked Kenyans to boycott products by Haco Industries which is associated with business mogul Chris Kirubi.

He was actively involved in the unofficial ‘swearing-in’ of Raila Odinga as the People’s President on January 30 at Uhuru Park. This earned him five days in police custody and his deportation on February 6.

Even in his seven-week stay abroad, he has been touring various countries in Europe in what he says was a popularization tour of NRM to Kenyans living abroad.

And since the historic handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga at Harambee House, Miguna has remained a strong critic of the move.

It was expected that with his return, he would stir the political waters in the Kenyan political scene especially in the opposition which he associated with while in Kenya and also after his deportation.

By the time of going to press, the firebrand lawyer was still at the JKIA’s terminal 2.