Kenya: Victory for Ambassadorial Nominee Mwende Mwinzi in Citizenship Battle

Published: 14/Nov/2019
Source: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

A High Court ruled on Thursday that Mwende Mwinzi, the ambassadorial nominee to Seoul, South Korea, cannot be forced to renounce her US citizenship as it was acquired by birth.

In June, the House approved the report of the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee approving the appointment of all nominees but with a caveat that Ms Mwinzi renounces her US citizenship in line with the Constitution.

But Justice James Makau explained on Thursday that Ms Mwinzi falls within the exception, is protected by the Constitution and is a public officer appointed by the President, not a State officer.

However, it is a win-lose situation for Ms Mwinzi as Justice Makau said the case she filed was premature because the process of her appointment had not been completed.

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Themes: Dual Nationality, Nationality of Politicians
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2019