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Kenyan opposition leader ‘deported’ to Canada

JOHANNESBURG, February 7 – The self-proclaimed leader of Kenya’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) “general” Miguna Miguna has been ‘deported’ from Kenya to Canada, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on Wednesday.

Miguna a political ally of opposition leader Raila Odinga was arrested last Friday after taking part in Odinga’s mock inauguration on Tuesday, which the Kenyan authorities warned was an act of treason.

Miguna was put on a Dutch KLM which left the capital Nairobi late Tuesday night for Amsterdam late Tuesday.

His lawyer questioned how a Kenyan citizen could be forcibly deported but according to Kenya’s interior ministry Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years ago and became a Canadian citizen.

“Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back, acquired Canadian citizenship and never bothered to reclaim Kenyan citizenship in the legally prescribed manner neither did he disclose that he had another country’s citizenship despite being a lawyer who should have known better,” interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said on Twitter.

However, the interpretation of the law remains unclear as according to Kenya’s Constitution a citizen born in the East African country remains Kenyan by birth.

Following his arrest the Canadian government wrote to the Kenyan authorities expressing alarm over the harassment of one of their citizens.

Only hours prior to his deportation High Court Judge Luka Kimaru barred the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Inspector General (IG) of the police from preferring any criminal charges against him.

Earlier the judge had ruled that the Police IG and the DCI were guilty of disobeying court orders regarding a demand for his release.

Following months of political turmoil, related to presidential elections which have been annulled, rerun and challenged in court, the opposition coalition party, the National Super Alliance (NASA) under Odinga’s leadership warned that it would never recognise incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta or his government.

Odinga and his followers vowed to form a national resistance movement and launch a civil disobedience campaign.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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