April 23, 2018

Miguna must be brought back to Kenya, Senior Counsel Orengo tells State

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has weighed in on the deportation of Miguna Miguna to Canada.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday (7/2/17) afternoon at the Milimani Law Courts, the coalition accused Government of violating the Constitution saying its dictates allows dual citizenship.

NASA leaders demanded that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) self-proclaimed general Miguna be brought back to the country.

The leaders led by Siaya Senator James Orengo said Miguna must be brought back to his motherland adding that the NASA legal team is pursuing the matter in court to ensure he is returned.

Orengo said the Constitution allows any Kenyan who is a citizen by birth to remain Kenyan unless one denounces the citizenship.

“Mr Miguna cannot cease to be a Kenyan citizen. It’s not for the Government of Kenya to determine whether Miguna is a citizen or not,” said Orengo.

In a statement sent to newsrooms on Wednesday, Miguna termed the deportation as a violation of his constitutional rights.

He blasted Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i for forcefully sending him to Canada on grounds that his citizenship had been cancelled.

“I have never, ever renounced my Kenyan citizenship and will never do that. I’ve never even contemplated it.

“Even if one had intended to deport me anywhere for whatever reasons, there are well laid legal procedures that must be followed and fundamental rights that must be upheld but which Matiang’i has violated,” said Miguna.

Interior Ministry Spokesman Mwenda Njoka, however, said the State deported Miguna back to Canada based on the provisions of section 33(1) and 43(1) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011.

“Miguna acquired Kenyan passport in 2009 at a time when it was illegal for a Kenyan to hold dual-citizenship without having denounced the foreign citizenship…Under the repealed Constitution, Kenyan citizens were allowed only one nationality. Kenyan citizens who acquired other nationalities automatically lost their Kenyan citizenship,” said Mr Njoka.

The fierce Government critic was placed on a late night KLM flight on Tuesday night from Nairobi to Amsterdam despite a court order that he be produced before court today.

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