Kenya: Miguna files new petition for Kenya return

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Lawmaker Miguna Miguna has filed a fresh petition seeking court orders to allow his unconditional return to Kenya, less than a day after cancelling a trip to the East African country.

The politician was forcedly deported from Kenya for the second time in March, despite court orders granting his return to the country. Miguna was first deported in February after his involvement in a mock inauguration ceremony for opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Migina files fresh petition

Controversial lawyer Miguna planned to return to Kenya on Wednesday but cancelled his trip after the Department of Immigration declined to issue him with a Kenyan passport and facilitate his entry into the country. Migina announced on Wednesday that he was cancelling his trip as a result of the decision.

I was determined to arrive home on schedule,” he said in a statement. “However, just before my departure, I reluctantly cancelled my flight to Nairobi and postponed my next arrival date.”

Miguna also stated he would be taking his case back to the courts once again to seek a lawful return to Kenya.

“In view of the refusal by the Department of Immigration to issue me with a valid Kenyan passport and facilitate my unconditional re-entry into Kenya as ordered by the High Court and formally requested by the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights on my behalf, and on advice from legal counsel, I have instructed my advocates to immediately bring to the attention of the court the continued willful contempt of its orders.”

The Kenyan government insists Miguna is no longer a Kenyan citizen due to holding Canadian citizenship, which he acquired previous to dual citizenship support. It reiterated this point once again on Sunday, insisting he will only be allowed into the country using his valid Canadian passport.

Featured image: By Miguna Miguna, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34248607

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