Controversy sparks after Government explanation on Miguna’s Deportation

Was it legal to deport Miguna?

According to Mr. Njoka, Miguna was not a Kenyan Citizen as after acquiring a Canadian Citizenship he allegedly denounced the former.                                                                                                                                                                                                            In In a tweet, Njoka stated: "Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back, acquired Canadian citizenship & 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”.

At the same time the Government on its official twitter handle added:"Please note he renewed his Canadian Passport on 16th June 2017".

However, this explanation was not taken kindly by Kenyans online who raised pertinent questions regarding the deportation.

First, the explanation was outrightly contrary to the Constitution which states that: “A citizen by birth does not lose citizenship by acquiring the citizenship of another country”.

Secondly, others wondered how Mr. Miguna vied for the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat during the August 8 General Election yet he was not a Kenyan Citizen.

The Canadian-based lawyer was cleared to contest for the seat by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Nonetheless, according to the IEBC regulations a person is unfit to vie for an elective position if he holdsdual citizenship.

However, one can qualify if the citizenship of the other country has been obtained by operation of law without the capacity to opt out.

The explanation by Mr. Njoka indicates that by the time the August 8 General was being conducted Miguna was a foreigner.

Here are the reactions:

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

CS Munya announces measures to bring down cost of maize flour

CS Munya announces measures to bring down cost of maize flour

Moses Kuria sounds alarm on incitement by Kameme FM presenters

Moses Kuria sounds alarm on incitement by Kameme FM presenters

President Kenyatta pays a visit to Vasco da Gama's tomb

President Kenyatta pays a visit to Vasco da Gama's tomb

Former street boy rejects Rigathi Gachagua's job offer

Former street boy rejects Rigathi Gachagua's job offer

Uhuru and Matiang'i are to blame for insecurity - Gachagua

Uhuru and Matiang'i are to blame for insecurity - Gachagua

David Ndii told his wife bribery is grounds for divorce

David Ndii told his wife bribery is grounds for divorce

Murkomen reacts to mock election held by KTN journalist in Nakuru

Murkomen reacts to mock election held by KTN journalist in Nakuru

Nakuru East MP grilled by DCI

Nakuru East MP grilled by DCI

DCI starts using cartoons to narrate most captivating crime stories

DCI starts using cartoons to narrate most captivating crime stories