Miguna Miguna is a Kenyan lawyer, an author and a politician who is living in forced exile in Canada.
He holds a Political Science and Philosophy degree from the University of Toronto. He also has a bachelor’s and master degree in law from The Osgoode Hall Law School.
His leadership traces back to his university days at the University of Nairobi where he was a student leader. In November 1987 while still at the UoN, he and other students were arrested, detained and later released for championing multiparty democracy.
Miguna fled to Tanzania upon his release then to Swaziland and eventually ended up in Canada where he was seeking political asylum. While in Canada, he continued with his education and built a career as a barrister and a solicitor.
He is the founder and owner of Miguna Miguna & Company Advocates based in Toronto Canada. He previously worked as the coordinator for Committee for Democracy in Kenya (CDK) between 1988 and 1994. CDK’s main aim was to ensure that section 2A of the Constitution that restricted Kenya to one party was repealed.
He returned to Kenya in 2007 and was admitted to the Kenyan Bar. He worked for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party as a senior advisor and strategist between 2006 and 2009.
Miguna worked for the government as the senior advisor on coalition, constitutional and legal affairs to the Prime Minister of Kenyan between 2009 and 2011. He later served alongside Kivutha Kibwana as the Joint Secretary to the Permanent Committee on the Management of Grand Coalition Affairs.
In 2017, he vied for the Nairobi gubernatorial position as an independent candidate. He lost to Mike Sonko.
In 2018, he took part in the swearing in of Raila Odinga as the People’s president. He was later arrested on allegations of treason and political incitement. However, before he could be charged, he was deported to Canada on orders of Interior CS Fred Matiang’i - the order has since been nullified by the High Court.
Miguna has been a political commentator for many years. Since his deportation, he has been criticizing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government and especially the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). According to the exiled activist, the BBI campaign is being used by Uhuru and Raila to overstay in power.