Kenyan court revokes deportation of opposition linked lawyer

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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (C) of the National Super Alliance (NASA) is flanked by lawyer Miguna Miguna (L) and James Orengo as he takes a symbolic presidential oath of office in front of his supporters in Nairobi

A Kenyan court has revoked the deportation of a lawyer who swore in opposition leader Raila Odinga as the country’s “president” in a direct challenge to the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Miguna Miguna, who holds dual Kenyan and Canadian citizenship, is currently in Canada after being put on a flight to Toronto by the Kenyan government on Feb. 5, following several days of being held in police detention.

Report says that Miguna, administered the swearing-in ceremony of opposition leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga.

His lawyer Nelson Havi wrote on Twitter that he was “forced onto a KLM flight and marked for deportation to Canada.

A dual citizen of Kenya and Canada, Miguna was arrested in a dawn raid on his home.

Miguna has in the past fended off claims that he had renounced his Kenyan citizenship.

Political Asylum
According to Miguna’s official website, after being arrested by the regime of former president Daniel arap Moi, he fled the country and was granted political asylum in Canada in 1988.

Kenya’s constitution accepts dual citizenship under Article 16, and a citizen by birth cannot lose their nationality by acquiring that of another country.

Under Article 17, citizenship can be revoked only if a person acquired it by registration.

In that case, it can be revoked if the citizenship was attained through fraud or by concealing important facts, or if one is convicted of an offense and imprisoned for a term of three years or more.

A political firebrand, Miguna, always spotting a “kofia” hat, was a fixture on Kenyan television and newspaper columns.

With a strong social media presence, he is also known for his pithy, impudent, and often viral comments against his critics on Twitter.

In spite of his current support of Odinga, the duo clashed in 2011, with their political polarity garnering huge public attention.

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