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Former CJ Mutunga vows to bring deported Miguna back home in November 16

In Summary

  • Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi also says he is ready to accompany former CJ to Canada and bring firebrand lawyer Miguna back home.
  • Miguna’s woes with the State started on 26th March 2018 when he conducted a mock swearing-in of the opposition leader Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’.

16th November 2021. The day former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga says he will bring exiled Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna back to his motherland.

According to Mutunga, he will personally travel to Toronto, Canada, to accompany Miguna on his flight back to Kenya.

Mutunga says that he has decided to do this after “careful reflection and following broad consultations with lawyers, human rights and justice defenders, progressive politicians, and Mr Miguna himself.”

But what pushed the lawyer-cum-human rights defender to try and bring Miguna to Kenya?

“I have taken this extraordinary step for two fundamental reasons. The first is because of the continued, flagrant and reprehensible defiance of the Government of Kenya, its agencies and senior officials, against the numerous valid court orders in favour of Mr Miguna, The second reason why I have decided to undertake this journey is to support and defend the independence of our judiciary, its authority, and the people’s confidence in it,” Mutunga says in The Elephant.

Miguna has since thanked Mutunga for his efforts.

“Former CJ @WMutunga: Thank you for the DECISION to travel to Canada and accompany me HOME on November 16. It’s 1,357 days (3 years, 8 months and 18 days) since I was forcefully exiled. We need GENUINE FREEDOM. Let them remove the RED ALERTS! I’m ready!”

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi says that he is ready to accompany the former CJ to Canada and bring the firebrand lawyer back home.

“I am ready to accompany CJ Emeritus Dr Willy Mutunga to Canada to bring Miguna Miguna back home on November 16, 2021. The rule of law, respect for Court orders and the defense of the Constitution is the responsibility of all Kenyans in general and all leaders in particular,” Havi tweeted.

Former IEBC Commissioner Roselyne Akombe, who herself fled to the United States just days to the October 26, 2017 Presidential election re-run, has lauded Mutunga’s move as a bold one.

“This is a bold and welcome initiative to #BringMigunaHome by CJ @WMutunga! We applaud you CJ for standing for the rule of law and justice. We have a date with history on 16 November. Bon voyage, comrades @MigunaMiguna @NetoAgostinhoMP,” she tweeted.

The events that led to Miguna’s deportation

On February 2 2018, Miguna was arrested from his house in Nairobi and detained incommunicado for six days.

Despite a court order on February 15 2018 demanding the government to release Miguna and take him to court, the government instead seized his passport and forced him into exile in Canada.

The court, again, ordered Government to facilitate Miguna’s return to Kenya. The court said he was to be granted unconditional entry at the time of his choosing.

However, when Mguna flew back to Kenya on 26 March 2018, the government blocked his entry. He was detained for three days at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before he was forcefully put on a plane to Dubai in the United Arabs Emirates.

The 59-year-old lawyer claims he was sedated before being legally put onboard the Dubai-bound flight.

Miguna’s woes with the State started on 26th March 2018 when he conducted a mock swearing-in of the opposition leader Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’ at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park.


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