Miguna Miguna set to return to Kenya 'after September 4'
Kenyan opposition politician, Miguna Miguna, has declared that, in two weeks time, he will make a third attempt to return to the East African nation.
Miguna, who officiated the symbolic inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the peopleâs president in January this year, was subsequently charged with treason and deported to Canada on February 6.
ââI am coming back after September 4th. Viva!ââ read part of Migunaâs tweet.
I am coming back after September 4th. Viva!
His Kenyan passport has since been destroyed by Kenyaâs immigration department, as the government maintains that Miguna ceased to be a Kenyan citizen when he was granted Candadian citizenship.
The question of citizenship
While Article 16 of the Kenyan constitution guarantees Migunaâs citizenship since he is a Kenyan by birth, the government explained in a statement that Miguna became a Canadian citizen and consequently renounced his Kenyan citizenship under the old constitution which didnât provide for dual citizenship.
A government statement issued in February when Miguna was first deported, explained that Miguna fraudulently acquired a Kenyan passport in 2009 without seeking and reapplying for Kenyan citizen as prescribed by the new constitution.
It is not clear whether Miguna, who has previously refused to apply for a new Kenyan passport, will be travelling into the country with his Canadian passport.
While several court orders have been issued directing the government to provide Miguna with a passport and facilitate his return, the immigration department is yet to comply with any of them.
Before Miguna cancelled his previously scheduled return on May 16, the immigration principal secretary, Gordon Kihalangâwa, had this to say.
âThe department cannot issue Mr Miguna with a valid Kenyan passport as he has not made any application for the same. Moreover, and without prejudice, we reiterate that Mr Miguna has to regain his Kenyan citizenship before being issued with a Kenyan passport,â Maj-Gen Kihalangâwa said in a letter to the Kenya Human Rights Commission.
Miguna, who has since fallen out Odinga has repeatedly accused the government of committing gross human rights abuses and electoral injustices. He routinely uses his social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter to urge his supports to resist what he describes as an illegitimate government.ALSO READ: Raila Odinga contemplates 5th bid for Kenyaâs presidencySource: Google News Kenya | Netizen 24 Kenya