Gov’t vows to facilitate Miguna Miguna’s entry into Kenya tomorrow


Gov't vows to facilitate Miguna Miguna's entry into Kenya tomorrow
File Photo of Kenyan-Canadian lawyer Miguna Miguna.

The Directorate of Immigration Services has now vowed to comply with a previous court order directing them to facilitate the entry of lawyer Miguna Miguna back into the country on Tuesday.

The State agency’s Director General Alexander Muteshi, in a statement issued on Monday, stated: “The Directorate has been informed that Dr. Miguna Miguna will travel to Kenya on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.”

“This is to confirm that in compliance with the court orders issued on December 14, 2018, the Directorate will facilitate Dr. Miguna’s entry into Kenya.”

The statement came minutes following orders issued by Justice Weldon Korir barring the Immigration department and other State agencies involved in the case against interfering with Miguna’s return.

Justice Korir also directed that Miguna’s Kenyan passport currently under the custody of the registrar of the court copy be released.

“…an order be and is hereby issued, that pending and following the inter-parties hearing of the application, compelling the respondents to facilitate entry of the petitioner into Kenya on January 7, 2020 or any other date appointed by the petitioner on the basis of his identification through the use of his National Identity card, or his Kenya Passport in the form and state it was delivered by the respondents to the High Court Registry pursuant to this court’s order,” read court papers.

Miguna’s lawyer Dr. John Khaminwa, together with Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) lawyers, have been provided unhindered access to him upon his landing at JKIA.

Justice Chacha Mwita had on December 14, 2018, ruled that the firebrand politician is a Kenyan citizen hence his birthright cannot be changed.

Justice Mwita further awarded Miguna Ksh.7 million for what the court found to be violation of his human rights.

“…The government’s deduction to cancel Miguna Miguna’s passport and declaring him prohibited immigrant is unconstitutional and is hereby declared null and void,” read the ruling.

The court further ruled that even though the respondents (the government) did not like his abrasiveness, they are bound to adhere to the rule of law and protect his constitutional rights and human rights.

“I find and hold that he did not lose his citizenship upon acquiring a Canadian passport,” ruled Justice Mwita.

Miguna’s last attempt to regain entry into the country in March 2018 degenerated into high drama after he was detained at the JKIA for several days on allegations that he had failed to surrender his Canadian passport for stamping.

He would later be deported to Dubai via an Emirates plane before later emerging to reveal he was “sedated, handcuffed and taken away.”

Miguna announced last week that he had began his journey to return home more than a year after he was deported.

Miguna Miguna is set arrive back into the country on January 7, 2020 circa 9:25pm aboard Lufthansa Flight LH 590.

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