The High Court has ruled that Miguna Miguna be paid Kshs 7 million over the state’s violation of his rights surrounding his deportation saga. On Friday, Justice Chacha Mwita ruled that the government’s decision to cancel Miguna’s passport and declaring him a prohibited immigrant is unconstitutional and declared it null and void. He further directed that the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa should personally cater for the damages and the costs, adding that taxpayers shouldn’t shoulder the costs of violations by state officers. Miguna was also awarded a further Kshs 207,000 for damages to his house.
During his deportation row, the government had argued that Miguna Miguna had lost his Kenyan citizenship after he acquired a Canadian passport, “I find and hold that he did not lose his citizenship upon acquiring a Canadian passport,” ruled Mwita. Miguna took to Twitter after the ruling to affirm that the ruling confirms his sentiments, “Justice Chacha Mwita has restated what I’ve maintained throughout. That the depots violated my fundamental rights, freedom and dignity and that I’m a Kenyan and never lost my citizenship.”