Win for Miguna as Govt Allows His Travel to Kenya

An Image of lawyer Miguna Miguna in his office in Canada
Miguna Miguna

The confrontation between exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna and the government is far from over after the state tossed him back to Kenyan Embassies in Ottawa, Canada and Berlin, Germany.

In a letter signed by the Solicitor General, Kennedy Ogeto, the government asked the Kenyan High Commissions in Ottawa and Berlin to facilitate Miguna’s travel by issuing him with the requisite travel documents upon the provision of the necessary documentation.

Miguna, who was travelling to Kenya on Tuesday, November 16, was stranded in Berlin, Germany after the country’s national carrier, Lufthansa, refused to fly him to Kenya citing the existence of red alerts issued by the government.

Lawyer Miguna Miguna (left) in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, November 15, 2021
Miguna Miguna

The outspoken lawyer would then seek clearance from the Kenyan Embassy in Berlin but his application to travel to Nairobi was declined despite a court order directing the government to allow him entry.

In his letter addressed to the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President, Nelson Havi, the Solicitor General noted that the government had issued express instructions to the Embassies to clear Miguna to travel.

“Upon the receipt of a court order issued by Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’udi on Nov 22, 2021, we advised the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we have since received confirmation that the Department of Immigration has instructed the Immigration officers in Berlin and Ottawa to issue Miguna Miguna with the travel documents upon the filing of the requisite forms,” read the letter in part.

The Solicitor General did, however, not confirm the date the government received the confirmation from the State Department of Immigration issuing the orders to the Kenyan Embassies in Germany and Canada.

The Solicitor General’s letter dated Monday, November 29, comes barely a week after Miguna claimed that the Kenyan immigration officials in Berlin had refused to hear him out despite existing court orders.

Embattled Lawyer Miguna Miguna aboard a plane in Germany on January 7, 2020, that was bound to Nairobi
Embattled lawyer Miguna Miguna aboard a plane in Germany on January 7, 2020, that was bound to Nairobi

“I found three Kenyan Embassy staff - Alexander Karuma, Emma Malinda and Esther Mungai - who showed so much hatred towards me and contempt for Court Orders that one would be mistaken to think that Kenya belongs to them, while Amb. Tom Amolo is a disgrace and spineless man,” stated Miguna Miguna on Nov 23 after being denied clearance by Kenyan Embassy in Berlin.

Miguna was forcefully removed from the country in 2018 following accusations that he was not a Kenyan citizen. The lawyer, who sworn-in Raila Odinga as the People’s President, was accused of being in the country unlawfully despite being a Canadian.

On several occasions, he has attempted to come back into the country but has been met with harsh conditions including being deported upon landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).