Posted on13 January, 2020 | 10:24

Diaspora: Kenya creating a martyr out of Miguna

Lawyer Miguna Miguna insists he is a dual national and a Kenyan by birth. ILLUSTRATION | JOHN NYAGAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A lobby for Kenyans in the diaspora says the government’s maltreatment of Miguna Miguna could turn him into a martyr.

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance has criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration for mistreating Dr Miguna after a red alert against him was issued, barring his entry into Kenya.

Dr Miguna, a lawyer and critic of the government, was deported from Kenya in March 2018 on claims he had not regularised his Kenyan citizenship. He insists he is a dual national, and a Kenyan by birth.

Last week, as he connected his flight from Canada to Nairobi through Germany, airline authorities removed him from the aircraft after a red alert was issued on him.

The KDA said it was concerned with the “unnecessary stand-off and human rights violations” of Dr Miguna, and asked the government to clarify who exactly issued the red alert and why.

“We are alive to the IATA regulations on ‘unruly passengers’ that came into effect on January 1, 2020,” the lobby said, referring to regulations issued by the International Air Transport Association, the body of commercial airlines across the globe.


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