“GENERAL” MIGUNA SENT “HOME” TO CANADA
The firebrand political activist Miguna Miguna, who described himself as a “general” in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and who was a prime mover behind the recent “swearing-in” of Nasa opposition leader Raila Odinga as “the People’s President”, has been deported from Kenya to Canada.
Miguna, who holds a Canadian passport, was shipped out of the country late last night on a KLM flight.
A statement made on Twitter from the official Kenyan government newsroom said, “Miguna is headed home. The court ordered he gets released and the interior ministry obeyed the orders and even assisted him with a flight ticket home”.
MIGUNA MIGUNA GUILTY OF TREASON?
Based on what law the government has deported Miguna is as yet unclear. A Kajiado magistrate had ordered that Miguna appear before Judge Kimaru in the High Court in Nairobi. The charge sheet then read that Miguna Miguna, “was present and consented to the administering of an oath to Raila Amolloa Odinga purporting to bind him to commit a capital offence of treason”.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations stated that Miguna was arrested for admittedly administering the “oath” to Raila Odinga and being a member of a proscribed organisation, the NRM.
MIGUNA’S ALLEGATION AGAINST RAILA ODINGA AND ESTHER PASSARIS
A mercurial and combative figure, Miguna Miguna has been at the centre of controversy before.
In 2012 Miguna alleged that Raila Odinga had been involved in the post-election violence that followed the election of 2007.
In his book ‘Peeling back the Mask’, Miguna quoted one-time advisor and close friend to Raila Odinga, Sarah Elderkin, as alleging that some of the people around Odinga were “irredeemably corrupt”.
In 2016 Miguna was again in hot water for describing his political opponent, high-profile Kenyan businesswoman Esther Passaris as a “socialite bimbo” who had risen to prominence by “sleeping with rich men”.