Gov’t deports controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna

Written By: John Jacob Kioria/Grace Maina

Controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna has been deported to Canada where he has been practicing law for the last 20 years.

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The government says Miguna is a Canadian citizen who renewed his citizenship in July 2017 and is therefore not a Kenyan.

Miguna was put on a KLM flight to Amsterdam last night after police hid him in an unknown location for the last five days.

The government says Miguna Miguna had renounced his citizenship and was therefore a Canadian Citizen after renewing his citizenship in July last year.

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In a statement, the government states that Miguna fled Kenya in 1988 using travel documents provided by a foreign country and thereafter, acquired Canadian citizenship and has remained a Canadian citizen since then. He then acquired a Kenyan passport in 2009 at a time when it was illegal for a Kenyan to hold dual-citizenship without having denounced the foreign citizenship.

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The government continues to state that prior to this, Miguna had applied for a Kenyan Passport in 1987 to enable him travel to Cuba for a students’ conference but was rejected.

“Under the repealed Constitution, Kenyan citizens were allowed only one nationality. Kenyan citizens who acquired other nationalities automatically lost their Kenyan citizenship,” the government states.

According to the statement, when the new Constitution came into force, Kenyans who had lost their citizenship as a result of acquiring other nationalities were required to officially apply to regain their Kenyan citizenship. However, Miguna never did this and therefore continued being a Canadian citizen.

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The High Court had suspended any criminal proceedings against Miguna Miguna on Tuesday in any court in Kenya until the government presented him in court.

Judge Luka Kimaru in making the order had also directed the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) director and the police officer in charge of flying squad to personally present him before the courts by 11am on Wednesday.

The government had earlier deified an order that Miguna be presented before Judge Kimaru and a directive that the Inspector General of Police and the DCI also appear before him for defying court orders.

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Miguna had been charged on allegations of consenting to an illegal oath to NASA Leader Raila Odinga and being present during the oath at the Kajiado law courts.

However, Miguna refused to take plea arguing that the matter was active before Justice Kimaru prompting the Kajiado court to direct that he appears at the Milimani court at 3pm.

While Miguna was not physically in court, the prosecution insisted that he was in one of the cells in Milimani and were apprehensive about bringing him to a jam packed court room that was full of NASA supporters.

Miguna was expected to appear before the Presiding Magistrate at the Kajiado Law courts on Wednesday next week.


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