Kenya: The Miguna Miguna story and what the elders might have said

Published: 28/Mar/2018
Source: The Nation (Kenya)

By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO

The drama elicited by opposition activist Miguna Miguna’s deportation to Canada and the chaos around attempts to deport him a second time earlier in the week after the court ordered his passport returned has taken Kenya to an uncomfortable place other countries have been.

Kenya can learn a few things from the experience.

Right now, the issues around Miguna are framed in legal and formal political terms.

Did he renounce his Kenyan citizenship when he became a Canadian?

Can someone who is Kenyan by birth ever lose his citizenship, whether or not he renounces it? And so forth.

CITIZENSHIP

There are much bigger questions, though. One of them is how someone who was/is a citizen by birth, naturalisation or ancestry has to defend their citizenship.

Read further: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/The-Miguna-Miguna-story-/440808-4362086-2arxtdz/index.html

Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Acquisition by children, Naturalisation and Marriage, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Year: 2018