Source: The Star (Nairobi)
By DR KORIR SING’OEI
The deportation of Miguna Miguna has brought to the fore the need to reflect on the citizenship regime introduced by the 2010 Constitution, and the enabling regulatory framework embodied in the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act (2011).
Without transgressing into the contested questions before the courts, this article aims to sheds light on the broader theoretical questions of citizenship and nationality in this country.
Citizenship is the legal bond that links an individual to his or her state. Legal citizenship grants status to the bearer, including the right of reentry. It is often a prized possession as signified by the quest by immigrants from Africa and other less-developed contexts for America’s diversity visa, the gateway to citizenship, and presumably the American dream.