Kenya: How Come Miguna Was Cleared to Vie? Kenyans Ask After Citizenship Storm

Miguna Miguna when he arrived in Toronto, Canada.
7 February 2018

Kenyans have camped on social media questioning why deported Nasa activist Miguna Miguna was cleared to vie for Nairobi governor's seat if he was not a Kenyan.

On Tuesday, Miguna was deported to Canada aboard a KLM flight and Interior ministry claimed he had denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back.

Spokesman Mwenda Njoka said the lawyer never bothered to reclaim it.

"Mr 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," Mr Mwenda said on Twitter.

But curious Kenyans wondered why he was cleared to for Nairobi governorship in the August general election.

Below are a few concerns:

So Miguna Miguna was cleared to vie for Nairobi gubernatorial post. Clearing means he was issued with a certificate of good conduct, cleared by KRA, presented valid documents and suddenly the government has realised he isn't Kenyan?

- Karani Mutonga (@Karanimutonga) February 7, 2018

So how did Miguna qualify to vie for Nairobi Governor seat if he isn't a Kenyan. Hii serikali inatubeba wana sana#MigunaDeported

- Gathoni (@I_am_Gathoni) February 7, 2018

INTERIOR MINISTRY claims Miguna Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back and never reclaim it. Its seems that someone is playing hide & sick with our minds "How can He vie when He's not a Kenyan Citizen"@IEBCKenya answer it? #migunadeported#MidWeekParty #K24Alfajiri pic.twitter.com/OemQAGnw2m

- KIKI Tha Blogger (@kikithablogger) February 7, 2018

How the hell did the IEBC clear Miguna Miguna to vie for Nairobi County's Gubernatorial seat if he's not a Kenyan?

Shithole Country

- kaboran (@kaboranke) February 7, 2018

INTERIOR MINISTRY claims @MigunaMiguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back. Spokesman @mwendanjoka says the lawyer never bothered to reclaim it. However this leads to the question as to why Miguna was cleared to vie for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat. #MigunaDeported pic.twitter.com/TNoLtKVQB5

- Angaza News Breaking (@angazanews) February 7, 2018

If miguna miguna was not a legitimate citizen of Kenya,how was he allowed to vie for the Nairobi governotorial seat in the last election

- Eng.Muindi (@Bonface75705064) February 7, 2018

Miguna's citizenship was first put in 2010 when he served as adviser to then Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

PNU politicians had called for his deportation claiming he had denounced his citizenship.

But then Immigration minister Otieno Kajwang told off the critics saying Miguna remained a Kenyan citizen.

"Mr Miguna is a Kenyan citizen by birth. I have looked at his file and there is no evidence that he has renounced his citizenship," he said.

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