D. K. Gitau, President of Kenyan Parents in the USA, has come out to oppose the signing of a citizen petition to pressurize the government to allow Miguna Miguna back to Kenya.
In a statement, Gitau faulted Miguna’s bid to travel to Kenya using a national identity card, noting that a national ID cannot be a substitute for a passport for international travel by air.
“People lose passports and apply for another one (sic). This loud mouth wants us to sympathize with him by mentioning court orders which are against the constitution and only have meaning to few (sic) people,” noted Gitau.
He wondered why it is hard for Miguna to visit the Kenyan High Commission in Canada to apply for a new passport as advised by the government, like other Kenyans in the Diaspora do.
“Can the learned friend Mr. Miguna Miguna approach the High Commission in Canada to apply for dual Citizen as we are all bound by the 2010 constitution? If the High Commission refuse (sic) to process his documents, then we can sign the petition. We need to see a valid Kenyan passport and not the shredded one as it has already expired,” he added.
“That is all the Government wants to facilitate his return as per court order. No human travels with an ID on an international flight. Its (sic) E-passport as regular ones WILL EXPIRE this February.”
Miguna was earlier this week forced to travel back to Canada after airlines declined to fly him to Kenya from Europe due to a red alter allegedly issued by the government of Kenya. The alert reportedly warned airlines against ferrying Miguna to Kenya or any other African nation.
The government insists that Miguna must first acquire a Kenya passport from any Kenyan mission abroad if he is to be allowed back into the country.