Mutunga in attempt to bring back Miguna
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has announced his intent to travel to Canada to bring back exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna.
Mutunga, also a respected lawyer, made the announcement on Mashujaa Day.
He further clarified his intent to travel to Canada on November 16, 2021, and asked President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government to not attempt to block the outspoken Miguna’s entry into the country.
“I have taken this extraordinary step for two fundamental reasons. The first is because of the continued, flagrant and reprehensible defiance of the Government of Kenya, its agencies, and senior officials, against the numerous valid court orders in favour of Mr Miguna,” said Mutunga.
“The second reason why I have decided to undertake this journey is to support and defend the independence of our judiciary, its authority, and the people’s confidence in it.”
Mutunga claims Muguna was abducted and tortured at his home in Nairobi before deportation in 2018, adding that President Kenyatta’s regime has ignored several court orders to bring him back.
Miguna is a Kenyan-born citizen who has never lost his Kenyan citizenship. The court nullified the cancellation of Mr Miguna’s citizenship and passport and declared that his arrest, detention, torture, and removal from Kenya were illegal, unconstitutional, and a gross violation of his rights.”
“Justice Mwita awarded Mr Miguna KSh7 Million in damages and KSh270,000 for the destruction of his house. He also held that Dr Matiang’i, Major Kihalangwa, Mr Boinett, Mr Kinoti, the Officer Commanding Police Station at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Said Kiprotich, and Githu Muigai were not fit to hold public office.”
Nelson Havi, the outgoing Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president and one of the legal team that represented Miguna in court, has undertaken to accompany Mutunga to Canada to bring the exiled lawyer back.
Miguna got into trouble with the government for his role in swearing-in Raila Odinga as the People’s president in 2018.