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Exiled Kenyan Opposition Figure Expected Back In Nairobi On Wednesday

Kenya’s opposition politician Miguna Miguna is set to jet back into the country on Wednesday after more than two months.

Miguna was twice forcefully deported out of the country by immigration officials, first to Canada then then Dubai, for what the officials claimed was due to a lack of Kenyan citizenship.

The politicians woes started at the end of January when he took part in a mock swearing in of opposition leader Raila Odinga after NASA coalition challenged the legitimacy of the ruling Jubilee Party’s presidential victory.

Kenya’s internal security minister Fred Matiang’I in April said that deported opposition politician would have to make an application in order to regain his Kenyan citizenship.


Matiang’i made the comments while appearing before a parliamentary committee that sought clarification on the happenings that led to the deportation of Miguna Miguna for a second time.

“Anyone who took up citizenship of another country before the 2010 constitution and thinks they can get it back without following the process is lying to himself,” he said.

Rights groups in the East African country have demanded that the immigration authorities foot Muguna’s travel costs as well as provide him with a new passport upon arrival in Nairobi.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) also asked the government to allow its members into the Jomo Kenyatta Airport where Miguna will land, to witness his clearance.


Written by How Africa

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