Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s adviser on grand coalition matters has denied claims that he renounced his Kenyan citizenship.
Mr Miguna Miguna said he was a Kenyan by birth and that he had never changed citizenship. He was reacting to a letter from the Party of National Unity (PNU) to Mr Odinga, asking him to fire Mr Miguna from the coalition management team for allegedly breaching the Constitution.
“While Mr Miguna Miguna was born in Kenya, he has since become a citizen of Canada. Like all other expatriates working in the country, our laws require that Mr Miguna apply for and obtain the relevant permits to live and work in Kenya,” read the letter copied to civil service boss Francis Muthaura and the Canadian High Commissioner in Kenya.
The letter was signed by the PNU coalition movement spokesperson, Mr Moses Kuria. The letter’s author also attached copies of Kenyan and Canadian passports which allegedly belong to Mr Miguna.
According to the PNU team, Mr Miguna’s Canadian passport (number MJ393885) expired on January 27, 2008 and he subsequently got a Kenyan passport on March 23, 2009.
But speaking to the Nation at the weekend, Mr Miguna who is joint secretary to the Permanent Committee on the Management of Grand Coalition Affairs, said he had not received a copy of the letter from PNU. He said those making the allegations must prove “where, how and when I renounced my Kenyan citizenship which I acquired by birth”.
He said he fought for the liberation of the country, including while in exile, before returning to Kenya. “When fleeing a dictatorial regime, one uses any means and even Mr Odinga once used a Tanzanian passport,” said Mr Miguna.
“I am happy to have used UN passport to travel. I have a valid Kenyan national identity card, birth certificate and passport.” Immigration and Registrar of Persons ministry officials could not be reached for comment on Mr Miguna’s citizenship.