An opposition member is forced out of the country in defiance of a High Court order.An outspoken member of Kenya's opposition accused of treason for taking part in a mock swearing‐in of opposition leader Raila Odinga (see p. 21754) was deported to Canada on February 6th.Miguna Miguna, a member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, was forced onto an international flight on the night of the 6th.“Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back, acquired Canadian citizenship and never bothered to reclaim Kenyan citizenship in the legally prescribed manner, neither did he disclose that he had another country's citizenship,” said Interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka in a tweet on the 7th.Holding dual citizenship is legal in Kenya, and in August, Miguna ran for political office, with proof of Kenyan citizenship a key criteria for all candidates.On January 30th, Miguna played a prominent role in Odinga's mock inauguration and three days later was arrested in a dawn raid on his Nairobi home.Police and government officials defied two court orders to produce Miguna before a High Court judge, instead taking him to a minor court in a small town 80 km (50 miles) to the south. There, Miguna refused to plea to charges of treason and unlawful assembly.High Court judge Luka Kimaru has warned Kenya's Inspector General of Police and Director of Criminal Investigations that they may be charged with contempt. (© AFP 2/7 2018)Miguna is free to return to Kenya after the High Court quashed a government decision to strip him of his citizenship, The Standard newspaper reported on February 16th.In a hard‐hitting judgement that sent a warning to state officials disobeying court orders, Justice Luka Kimaru ruled the decision to declare Miguna a non‐Kenyan citizen and his subsequent deportation was null and void. The judge ordered the government to restore Miguna's status as a Kenyan.The government appeared unbowed and immediately filed a notice of appeal as it seeks to ensure Miguna does not come back to Kenya. (The Standard 16/2)
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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