KNCHR urges Government to facilitate Miguna’s return next week

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,9TH MAY 2018-The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has  urges the government to help in facilitating the return of lawyer Miguna Miguna who plans to return next week.

Through a letter addressed  to the State Department of Immigration the  organization is  asking for issuance of a fresh Kenyan passport to Miguna scheduled to return to the country on May 16.

KNCHR Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori also asked the government to purchase Miguna a ticket to enable him to travel from Toronto to Nairobi.

“Miguna has informed the KNCHR that he will return to Kenya on May 16, 2018. The Commission urges your office to comply with the court orders by issuing Miguna Miguna with a valid Kenyan passport,” the letter dated May 5 reads in part.

Mbogori  fauther asked for assurance that immigration officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) will facilitate her commission access to monitor Miguna’s return.

An order directing the State to facilitate Miguna’s return was secured in a ruling in Constitutional Petition No. 51 of 2018 in which Miguna had sued Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and other immigration and security officials for violating of his right to citizenship and that to fair administrative action.

In its ruling, the court, however, said that Miguna was at liberty to use his Canadian passport to access the country in case his Kenyan passport is not readied.

The vocal lawyer ’s tribulations  with authorities started on January 30 when he administered a self-proclaimed oath on Orange Democratic Movement party leader, as the People’s President.

Miguna was arrested  by detectives on February 2 at his Runda home and deported on February 6 after unsuccessful efforts by his lawyers to have him produced at a Nairobi court where a High Court judge had directed the State to present him.

The lawyers  return on March 26 was  dramatic  lasting close to  three days  after he  refused  to produce his Canadian Passport for clearance.

Immigration officials had argued that the only way Miguna could gain entry into the country was if he produced his travel document but Miguna insisted he had none since his Kenyan Passport had been seized and destroyed when he was initially thrown out of the country.

Authorities at JKIA forced Miguna into a Dubai plane on March 29, from where his flight had originated, ending three days of drama.

It is a wait and see how his declared return will pan out.

 

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