Exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna on Wednesday, September 7 wrote to senior government officials asking them to facilitate his return to the country ahead of the inauguration of President-elect William Ruto.
According to a letter seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Miguna through his lawyer Adrian Kamotho demanded prompt adherence to the court orders issued by the High Court in November 2021.
The vocal Advocate of the High Court of Kenya argued that government officials have defied the orders to allow him back and instead blocked his attempts to return home.
“Your committee has an overarching duty and legal obligation to ensure our client is facilitated to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the fifth president, His Excellency William Samoei Ruto, without fail,” reads the letter in part.
Embattled lawyer Miguna Miguna cast his vote in Canada on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
Courtesy Miguna Miguna “As a legitimate citizen and a gallant son of Kenya, our client is entitled to and indeed desires to be present during the swearing-in of the fifth president.”
In the letter addressed to the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Miguna also wants confirmation from the government that all the barriers to his return will be cleared and a replacement of his Kenyan passport.
“May we have your earliest communication that all the red alerts and other unlawful restrictions that were ruthlessly imposed on our client have been lifted. May you also get back to us with a replacement of our client’s passport in lieu of one that was perforated and defaced by the primitive state officials,” the letter stated.
The former adviser of Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga was deported to Canada in controversial circumstances in 2018 after administering a mock oath at Uhuru Park.
His attempts to return back to the country he calls home were thwarted by the state amid claims that he had denounced Kenyan citizenship.
In the past four years, Miguna has lived a life akin to that in exile. He has been a fierce critic of outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila whom he has repeatedly accused of betrayal.
He has however renewed his push to come back to Kenya as the country awaits the swearing-in of President-elect William Ruto as the fifth president.
In the run-up to the August 9 polls, Miguna endorsed Ruto and predicted that the DP would trounce the former Prime Minister at the ballot.
Deputy President William Ruto (left) and lawyer Miguna Miguna right in a collage dated November 18, 2021