Standoff expected as Miguna returns

Bernard Gitau and Seth Onyango @PeopleDailyKe

Deported lawyer-cum-political activist Miguna Miguna is due to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 4pm today.

However, Miguna might find himself in “no-man’s” land again unless he applies for the reinstatement of his Kenyan citizenship  as demanded by the Immigration department.

In what could be another standoff over his legal status, Immigration Principal secretary  Gordon Kihalangwa has written to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), the agency mediating Miguna’s return, saying the Canada-based lawyer has to apply for his Kenyan passport. 

“The department (of Immigration) cannot issue Miguna with a Kenyan passport as he has not made an application,” he said, adding that “Moreover, we reiterate that Miguna has to regain his citizenship before being issued with a Kenyan passport.”

The department has, however, said Miguna  can use his Canadian passport to enter the country.

Kihalangwa wrote to KNCHR chairperson Kagwaria Mbogori who had intervened for the lawyer’s return. 

KNHCR in a statement on behalf of Miguna, asked the government to facilitate his return. “The commission urges your office to comply with court orders by issuing Miguna Miguna with a valid Kenyan passport, purchasing a flight ticket for him from Toronto, Canada, to Nairobi,” read Mbogori’s letter in part.

But Kihalangwa said they will not purchase a flight ticket for Miguna as such an order has not been issued by the courts.

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