Controversial lawyer and political activist Miguna Miguna, who has been vocal in his support for President-elect William Ruto, continues to convey optimism that Ruto will lift the red alert issued on him that has blocked him from returning to Kenya following his deportation in 2018.
General” Miguna Sent “Home” to Canada
The firebrand political activist, who at the time described himself as a “general” in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) formed after the disputed 2017 elections, was deported to Canada for his role in the “swearing-in” of then Nasa opposition leader Raila Odinga as “the People’s President”.
Miguna holds a Canadian passport but even though Kenya allows for dual citizenship under the new constitution, the government while deporting him argued that he had denounced ned his Kenyan citizenship.
Miguna Miguna fell out with Odinga following the “handshake” deal that saw him make peace with President Uhuru Kenyatta, which according to Miguna was a betrayal of all the sacrifices people like him made to push for his election. Miguna was further aggrieved that despite a court order compelling the government to lift the red alert issued against him, he still remains blocked from visiting the country while Odinga continued to work with Kenyatta on the building bridges initiative.
He went ahead to christen Odinga as “conman” and has since embarked on a hate campaign against Odinga on social media.
High court judge Chacha Mwita in December 2019 awarded Sh 7 million in damages to Miguna Miguna for what he ruled as “illegal deportation.”
In his ruling, Justice Chacha Mwita maintained that citizenship by birth could not be revoked and added that Miguna Miguna’s deportation was unlawful, in violation of the Constitution and an infringement on his rights.
In a recent tweet following Ruto’s inauguration, Miguna said that the new president had assured him that his red alert would be lifted soon.
“I’m happy to announce that President @WilliamsRuto has assured me that the RED ALERTS will be LIFTED on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Thereafter, I will have my Kenyan Passport renewed and I’ll announce the date of my RETURN TO MY MOTHERLAND. Bravo!” Miguna said.
If and when Miguna returns to Kenya, Kenyans are waiting to see if he will have any role in the new government.