The government of Kenya cannot understand why Exiled National Revolutionary Movement (NRM) leader Miguna Miguna has not arrived in the country.
According to Cyrus Oguna, President Uhuru Kenyatta is not even aware why the General is being frustrated by unknown forces to land in the country.
Miguna was born in Kenya to Kenyan parents but has twice been deported by the state. In 2018, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i insisted that he renounced his Kenyan citizenship when he took up the Canadian one. Matiang’i ordered his deportation on grounds that his presence in the country was against the national interest.
On Monday last week, the President waded into the issue and hinted that the Toronto-based barrister would be allowed into the country if he returned this month.
“Nobody has been told not to speak his mind,” President Kenyatta stressed during the burial of multiparty democracy crusader Charles Rubia in Kandara, Murang’a.
“You can walk on the road and even shout at the top of your voice. I have heard that others even want to board flights and come to say what they want to say, let them come. That is their freedom.”
Miguna has been using his social media pages to fire salvoes of accusations at the President and Raila. He says Uhuru should be dethroned and has also taken issue with Raila “for abandoning the quest for justice”.
The self-styled general’s last attempt in 2018 was dramatically unsuccessful, with security agents deployed in the airport to repatriate him. The state ignored a couple of court orders, which sought to grant the celebrated author a safe return. However, with the calm political climate, cemented by the handshake between Uhuru and Raila, Miguna’s threats have been neutralised significantly.
That notwithstanding, there are concerns his return poses a major test to strides made to safeguard democratic gains, especially after the disputed 2017 general election.