Dual Citizenship Dilemma | The Government of Kenya Deports Politician Miguna Miguna Back to Canada!

Posted February 6, 2018 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Kenya In Focus ~ 2,362 views


A Kenyan opposition politician was charged with treason on Tuesday over the symbolic presidential “swearing in” of opposition leader Raila Odinga, reigniting street protests in which one person was killed.  Two opposition lawmakers present at the “swearing in” a week ago were arrested and later released.

So far police have not arrested Odinga. Campaigning lawyer Miguna Miguna was arrested on Friday in a dawn raid on his home. He was granted bail of 50,000 Kenyan shillings ($500) but has remained in police custody with his whereabouts unknown until he appeared in court in Kajiado County, neighboring Nairobi, on Tuesday to hear the charges.

On Tuesday evening, High Court judge Luka Kimaru ordered that all proceedings against Miguna be stopped until police brought him to a Nairobi court, as ordered, on Wednesday morning.

Isaac Okero, president of the Law Society of Kenya, told reporters: “Once again the state is wilfully violating Mr. Miguna’s rights by moving him without any notice to his lawyers or his family and, in order to frustrate their access to him, to a court stationed outside Nairobi.”

In an unprecedented move by the Kenyan Government Miguna Miguna was deported back to Canada even though he held dual citizenship having been born a Luo from Kisumu, Kenya — He was a self styled NASA general who contested for Governor of Nairobi in the past. 

Who is Miguna Miguna 

Miguna Miguna was born in Magina village in Kisumu county in Kenya is the last born in his family. He is named after his dad. That is why he has the same name twice: Miguna wuod Miguna. He is a Kenyan author and columnist. He is also a barrister and solicitor in Canada, and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.He served as a senior adviser to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga from 2009 to 2011.

Miguna Miguna went to Onjiko Secondary before proceeding to Njiiris High School. In both schools, he was a prefect. In 1987, he serving as a student leader at the University of Nairobi, for a BA in Literature and Political science. During his second year at the University of Nairobi, he was elected to the SONU as finance secretary. He was also the editor in chief of the campus newspaper.

After the elections Miguna Miguna was detained by the Moi regime for his political activism.After he was released, Miguna fled to neighbouring Tanzania on foot and briefly stayed in Swaziland. He was granted political asylum in Canada where he continued to pursue his higher education.

In Canada, continued to pursue his higher education where obtained his Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1990 .He graduated with a first class. He soon thereafter enrolled for a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. He later pursued masters in law graduating with distinction.

During his college years, Miguna Miguna started to fight racism and discrimination against people of color in Canada. He was a regular contributor in some of the newspapers in Canada with wide readership.He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1995 and the Kenyan Bar in 2008.

After his return, Miguna Miguna contested in the primaries of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)’s nomination for Nyando Constituency but lost to Frederick Outa Otieno. In March 2009, he was appointed as Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s senior adviser on coalition affairs and concurrently served as the secretary to the Permanent Committee on the Management of the Grand Coalition.

Miguna Miguna launched his first memoir titled Peeling Back the Mask: A Quest for Justice in Kenya on 14 July 2012 which made People to protest against him and was attacked whilst promoting his book at a hotel in Mombasa and had to be rescued by the police.

I am a visionary and committed revolutionary Pan-Africanist who believes in and is committed to a more equal, accountable and transparent governance. I’ve a history of incorruptibility and will instill ethics, honesty, efficiency and order in the delivery of services for the people.

In September 2012, he resigned from ODM as a life member and announced his candidacy for Governor of Nairobi County in the 2013 gubernatorial election as an independent candidate. He later on cancelled his candidacy.

He launched his second memoir in February 2013 titled Kidneys for the King: Deforming the Status Quo in Kenya. which heaps even more scorn on Raila, cataloguing a series of misdeeds allegedly committed by Raila.

Raila on his part has declined to answer to the claims made in Miguna’s books or even to sue for defamation in the belief that this would deny the limelight Miguna is seeking. Raila is widely viewed in Kenya as a leading proponent of political reforms, an image which could be badly sullied if Miguna’s claims as made in his books prove to be true. In an act of rejection of his former political boss, Miguna endorsed Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila’s rival, in the 2013 presidential election Uhuru went on to win the poll albeit amid claims of poll fraud by Raila.

In March 2016, Miguna declared that he would be vying for the position of Governor for Nairobi as an independent candidate. He unveiled his revolutionary manifesto in August 2016. The manifesto promised visionary leadership based on integrity, clear policies, programs and a commitment for service delivery, job creation and infrastructure development things which many Kenyans saw that he could not deliver. Consequently, came in fourth in the 2017 Nairobi gubernatorial elections held on August 8, 2017.

On February 6, 2018, Miguna Miguna was deported to Canada and his Kenyan citizenship was allegedly revoked.

Seven Interesting Things About Miguna Miguna

  1. Miguna Miguna was a student leader at the University of Nairobi 1986 to 1987.
  2. Miguna Miguna was arrested and detained for championing multi-party democracy in 1987. He was later expelled from the university.
  3. Miguna Miguna has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He also has a Juris Doctor (JD) from The Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the same school.
  4. Miguna Miguna became the Coordinator of the Committee for Democracy in Kenya (CDK) between 1989-1994.
  5. Miguna Miguna served as a senior adviser and chief strategist for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and its party leader, Hon Raila Odinga between 2006 and 2009. He has also been a commentator on cultural and socio-political affairs.
  6. Miguna Miguna has published six books including the popular ‘Peeling Back The Mask: A Quest for Justice in Kenya’ in 2012 and ‘Kidneys for The King: deForming the Status Quo in Kenya’ in 2013.
  7. Miguna Miguna was detained during former president Moi’s regime due to his political activism.

Source — Wikipedia, Soft Kenya, Reuters and KTN Jeff Koinange archive video…

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