Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has dismissed claims that the government has refused to facilitate exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna’s return to the country.
In an interview with NTV, Matiang’i said the lawyer is the one frustrating his return by failing to cooperate with the government.
The CS said Miguna refused to sign a document required to be filled by every Kenyan who lost their citizenship under the old Constitution.
The 2010 Constitution allows dual citizenship.
“We have obeyed even the recent order when we were ordered to facilitate him to come. Our minister for Foreign Affairs organised with the mission in Germany
“We have opened immigration offices even in Canada. What is so difficult about filling that one-page letter? Over 300,000 Kenyans filled out that paper,” the CS said.
The form requires one’s name, address, habitual residence at the time of making the application, age and country of birth.
One is also required to declare his nationality and nature of his citizenship, whether by birth, registration or naturalization.
In November 2021, the High Court directed the government to facilitate Miguna’s return to the country.
However, the lawyer alleged that officials of the Kenyan embassy in Berlin, Germany, refused to issue him with travel documents.
He claimed that the Kenyan Ambassador to Germany unceremoniously left office barely ten minutes after he arrived.
Miguna added that had been threatened with the sack if they issued him with the documents he sought.
“Emma Mabinda specifically told me that she has received instructions from Nairobi not to comply with the Court Order. She asked me for proof of Kenyan citizenship and I showed her my National ID card. She demanded a ‘Certificate of Regaining Citizenship.’”
“I asked her to show me the “Certificate for Losing Citizenship,” but she stated that she did not have the same. Mr. Karuma then said that “the court Order you are speaking about is rumours and maybe has been appealed.” Impunity all over the place.”
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