Kenyan-Canadian attorney Miguna Miguna has been issued a new Kenyan passport, setting the stage for his return to the country following his deportation nearly five years ago.
Through Twitter on Tuesday, Miguna said President Ruto ensured the processing of his passport without filling or signing any documents as previously directed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
“1687 days after Uhuru Kenyatta, @RailaOdinga, Fred Matiang'i, @Karanjakibicho and @GKihalangwa CONSPIRED to illegally SEIZE and DESTROYED my Kenyan Passport, President @WilliamsRuto has had a new one DELIVERED to me. Waiting for the LIFTING of RED ALERTS,” Miguna wrote.
“I didn't have to sign the silly forms they were speaking about.”
Last week, Miguna said he will announce his return date after Ruto promised to lift the red alerts blocking him from flying to Kenya as well as renew his passport.
Ruto, who assumed office as the country’s fifth president on September 13th, 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 in February 2018 following his arrest for taking part in the mock swearing-in of ODM leader Raila Odinga as ‘people’s president’. The Immigration Department later said that Miguna was in the country illegally as he 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 ruled that Miguna’s rights were violated when they deported him and awarded Sh7 million as compensation.