Self-proclaimed NRM general Miguna Miguna will arrive in the country from Canada this afternoon.
He was deported by the state to Canada on February 7 after administering an oath to NASA leader Raila Odinga as the People’s President on January 30. Miguna yesterday told the Star from Toronto he is scheduled to land at the JKIA at 2.15pm aboard Emirates EK19, via Dubai.
He criticised the government for failing to guarantee him safe entry by refusing to issue him with a valid Kenyan passport. Miguna’s Kenyan passport was confiscated by the state and defaced, making it null and void. This was despite a court order to the Immigration department to give Miguna back his passport.
This means that under the law, he can only apply for a visa to enter Kenya, being a naturalised Canadian. Miguna said he will not to apply for a visa upon his arrival.
He said doing so would facilitate “the illegitimate government’s” continued disobedience of court orders and further infringe on his constitutional rights.
Miguna has listed return of his valid Kenyan passport or issuance of a new one, facilitation of his return, guarantee of his safe return and entry into the country as some of his rights the state must meet.
Yesterday, Miguna lashed out at Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the Director of Immigration, saying they have “refused to obey and comply with the various court orders.”
He said the judges ordered the trio individually and collectively to return or reissue him with a valid Kenyan passport and facilitate his return.
“As a Kenyan citizen by birth, I must be guarantee my personal safety and security upon and after my return to and stay in Kenya,” he said.
The NRM general is likely to return to a different Kenya, because of the unity handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA chief Raila Odinga. The historic handshake brokered a political truce and ended a protracted standoff that breathed life to his resistance against Jubilee.
He has denounced the Uhuru-Raila deal as a betrayal of those killed, while protesting against the outcome of the General Election.
The self-styled lawyer said the pact was a stepping stone to an authoritarian state run by the two families that have been at the centre of Kenya’s politics since Independence.
“It is meant to cement the 55-year domination by a few elites and families over more than 99 per cent of suffering Kenyans,” he said in reference to the Uhuru-Raila pact. It is not clear if Raila would be at the airport to welcome Miguna.
Immediately he was deported to Canada, hundreds of youths and relatives held demonstrations in his home village as they condemned the act.
On Friday, Miguna’s team of lawyers, led by Siaya Senator James Orengo and Nelson Havi, held talks with the KNCHR over the deported activist’s security.
“We are happy and satisfied with the work that has been done so far in compliance with the court order. We will keep on consulting until Miguna arrives and safely enters Kenya,” Orengo said.
Miguna shot into the limelight and build a dalliance with opposition followers, following his central role in the ‘swearing-in’ of Raila. He was arrested shortly after and spent five nights in police custody.
After his deportation and arrival in Canada, Miguna embarked on a media blitz and launched a global tour to popularise NRM. Various groups of Kenyans reached out to him to visit their cities and address various issues, including dual citizenship.
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