Miguna Miguna: Let the revolution begin

Canada based lawyer Miguna Miguna has started preparations for his impending return after the highly publicized deportation in 2018. 

Through a letter penned to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Miguna indicated that he plans to travel to Kenya on a date in April 2019. 

“In exercise of my birth and Constitutional rights, I wish to inform you that I intend to travel to Nairobi on a date I will publish a few days before my arrival in April 2019,” read the letter. 

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” In accordance with your constitutional and statutory mandates, I strongly urge you to take steps to ensure that I will be granted entry into Kenya,” continued the lawyer. 

He further called upon the Commission to safeguard him from violation of his rights by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, outgoing IG Joseph Boinnet among other government officials. 

Miguna also requested KNCHR to liase with the above named as well as Attorney General Kariuki Kihara for the return of his passport upon arrival. 

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The exiled advocate complained that despite Justice Chacha Mwita‘s orders awarding him Ksh7 million in damages, those liable were yet to comply. 

“Damages cannot be borne by taxpayers. They are borne by the respondents jointly and severally to dissuade future violations,” Mwita stated in his ruling.

The court had also directed the government to furnish the outspoken lawyer with his travel documents, which Miguna expects will be availed upon return. 

Mwita noted that Miguna’s acquisition of Canadian citizenship was not a voluntary act resulting into loss of citizenship because he went to Canada to seek political asylum.

“For one to lose citizenship by acquiring the citizenship of another country, the act must have been done willingly and without external pressure, not the case of Petitioner Miguna who was fleeing Kenya due to persecution by the government of the day then,” Justice Mwita concluded.

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