Deputy President William Ruto was put to task by the Voice of America (VoA) Swahili anchor , BMJ Muriithi over the dramatic deportation of vocal lawyer Miguna Miguna.
The VoA anchor pointed out that the Jubilee government, in which Ruto is serving for almost a decade now, had been faulted for blatantly disobeying court orders on numerous occasions with the highlight being Miguna Miguna's acrimonious deportation.
DP Ruto noted that should his administration take over the top seat in the upcoming General Election, he would bring back the exiled lawyer, who has previously tried to return home unsuccessfully.
"We will bring back Miguna Miguna in the country within the shortest time possible. This is because he's Kenyan and even if he has committed a crime, we have laws in place that he would be tried against. I don't see any need for having refugees from other countries while our very own is a refugee in another country," Ruto stated.
Miguna who has on several occasions accused President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration of violating his constitutional rights, took to social media to give his stamp of approval on Ruto's comments.
"Mr. BMJ Muriithi: A good question, which William Ruto answered correctly," the vocal lawyer stated.
The fiery lawyer's return to the country has hit turbulence a number of times after being deported on February 6, 2018. Miguna Miguna filed a petition against the directive which saw the High Court declare the move as illegal and unconstitutional.
His first attempt to return to the country on March 26, 2018, was curtailed after he was denied entry upon landing at JKIA. He made his second attempt in January 2020, whereby he was denied boarding rights to travel to Kenya upon reaching Germany. This was after a red alert was issued by the government.
In November 2021, Miguna Miguna's much-touted return to the country didn't come to fruition after he stated that the government had issued a red alert over his entry to the country.
"This is to inform Kenyans and the world that Air France officials at the check-in counter at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport have just informed me that the Government of Kenya sent them a 'red alert' this morning that they cannot fly me to Nairobi. I'm waiting for a cop,” he tweeted at the time.
DP Ruto was also faced with another hard-hitting interview on VOA after Kenyan-born US-based journalist, Esther Githui, posed a number of queries faulting the ruling government for the graft cases as well as abuse of power by top officials. President Kenyatta is on the record stating that the country loses nearly Ksh 2 billion daily to corruption, capturing how graft is entrenched in the government and society at large.
"Because you lost direction, Kenyans lost direction. This is the bigger binding issue. Look, I come from there, you know what it is here in America, people are gonna confront you and ask you the same kinds of questions. The economy of Kenya has gone so bad that what we are reading every day is killings, children being killed, people have lost their minds… What is wrong with the Kenyan fabric?"
“It is true we have an issue, but it is not as bad as you make it look. It is not out of control,” stated Ruto." When it comes to issue of the government failing to feed its population, it is because we dropped the ball along the way. The fact that we removed the agricultural subsidy as the government, the whole farming chain was affected.”
MIguna's woes began in March 2018 after he swore-in ODM leader Raila Odinga as the People's President at the famous Uhuru Park following contested presidential election results. President Kenyatta's administration took issue with Miguna's role in the mock exercise, kicking him out.
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