Kenyan-Canadian attorney Miguna Miguna is preparing to return to Kenya following the swearing-in of President William Ruto.
Miguna, who was deported to Canada in February 2018, says Ruto assured him that the red alerts issued against him will be lifted on Wednesday and his Kenyan passport renewed, allowing him to travel back to the country.
“I’m happy to announce that President William Ruto has assured me that the RED ALERTS will be LIFTED on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Thereafter, I will have my Kenyan Passport renewed and I’ll announce the date of my RETURN TO MY MOTHERLAND,” Miguna posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ruto, who was sworn in on Tuesday, promised to facilitate Miguna’s return to Kenya once he ascends to power.
“We will bring back Miguna Miguna in the country within the shortest time possible when I become President. This is because he's Kenyan and even if he has committed a crime, our country has laws in place. I don't see any need for having refugees from other countries while our very own is a refugee in another country,” he told VOA in an interview in March.
Miguna was deported to Canada following his arrest for taking part in the mock swearing-in of ODM leader Raila Odinga as ‘people’s president’.
The Immigration Department later indicated that Miguna was in the country illegally, saying that he had renounced his Kenyan citizenship while acquiring a Canadian passport.
In 2018, Justice Chacha Mwita ruled that Miguna is a Kenyan citizen and that his birthright is not affected by him holding a Canadian passport. The judge added that Miguna’s rights were violated when they deported him and awarded Sh7 million as compensation.