Exiled firebrand Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna has declared interest for the Nairobi governor seat left vacant after the impeachment of governor Sonko.
Miguna who now lives in Canada declared through a social media post on Saturday night
He said he had consulted widely and arrived at a decision to run for the seat from exile having tried unsuccessfully to return home.
“Having received competent legal advice from Waikwa Wanyoike on Dec. 19, 2020, I, Miguna Miguna, a Kenyan citizen by birth and registered voter in Nairobi, hereby declare my candidature for the position of Governor of Nairobi in the upcoming by-election. Volunteers are welcomed.”
Miguna Miguna deported
This will be his second attempt if he is allowed to vie by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after he lost to Sonko in 2017.
Miguna was forcefully deported to Canada on February 7, 2018, after being in police custody for days following his arrest for presiding over Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga’s oath as the people’s president on January 30, 2018.
On March 29, he was deported for the second time after spending more than 72 hours at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after authorities denied him entry into the country on grounds that he is “not a Kenyan citizen”.
According to the government, Miguna acquired Kenyan passport in 2009 at a time when it was illegal for a Kenyan to hold dual-citizenship.
The government maintains that since the 2010 constitution allows dual citizenship he must reapply so that he can be issued with a Kenyan passport since his original passport had been destroyed.