KNCHR condemns treatment of Miguna hours after deportation

KNCHR boss Kagwiria Mbogori (second left) addressing the press
KNCHR boss Kagwiria Mbogori (second left) addressing the press

KNCHR (Kenya National Commission on Human Rights) chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori has faulted the government’s handling of Miguna Miguna after he was deported again to Dubai on Wednesday night. This was after a failed deportation attempt on Monday night, few hours after the self-proclaimed NRM general’s arrival from Canada. Addressing the press during a joint KNCHR, Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and Media Council of Kenya joint press briefing on Thursday, Mbogori said Miguna Miguna’s rights of citizenship have been ignored. She said the Constitution provides that a citizen by birth doesn’t lose citizenship by acquiring the citizenship of another country, adding that few rights are protected as the rights of citizenship.

She said citizenship by birth cannot be revocable, “Mr. Miguna Miguna is entitled to a Kenya passport and all other rights. This matter is before the High Court and must be determined conclusively,” said Mbogori. She further condemned the harassing of journalists who were covering the story on the first attempted redeportation on Monday night at the JKIA, saying the Independent Policing Oversight Authority will conclusively investigate the matter together with other commisions.

She assured Kenyans that the human rights commission, the LSK, and the media council are actively engaged in the issue till justice is done. Mbogori revealed that only the KNCHR were allowed access to Miguna at the airport, specifically Mr. Kamanda Mucheke who was designated to follow up on the matter and has written a report to be presented in court. Mucheke was the last person who was with Miguna before he was deported again on Wednesday. The KNCHR official had gone to get him some food around 8:00 pm but he received a phone call from Miguna on his way, alleging he was being harassed by unknown men. He came back to find him already aboard the plane to Dubai