State ordered to pay Miguna Ksh 7M over deportation

Written By: Beth Nyaga
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State ordered to pay Miguna Ksh 7M over deportation
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The High Court has ruled that the state violated lawyer Miguna Miguna’s rights by deporting him to Canada.

In his ruling, Justice Chacha Mwita further awarded Miguna Ksh 7 million for what the court found to be violation of his human rights.

Mwita further ruled that actions by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and the other state officials amounted to an abuse of office.

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The judge said that taxpayers should not shoulder costs of violations by overzealous state officers.

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The court also ordered the state to return Miguna’s passport since it was unlawfully confiscated.

Miguna has also been awarded a further Sh207, 000 for damages to his house.

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Mwita said the damages issued to Miguna will act as a deterrent to similar violations of the law.

Miguna has canceled two trips back into the country since his deportation blaming the Immigration Department for failing to facilitate his “unconditional return.”

Justice Mwita also quashed a January 30 gazette notice outlawing Miguna’s National Resistance Movement over which he had declared himself general.

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While deporting Miguna in March, the State had argued that the outspoken opposition activist lost his Kenyan citizenship when he acquired a Canadian passport at a time the Kenyan constitution did not provide for dual citizenship.

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