Defiant Nasa activist Miguna Miguna informed his relatives on Tuesday that he would return to the country before long, in a text message he sent before he was whisked away onto a KLM plane and ‘deported’ to Canada.
A source close to the family said Mr Miguna sent the SMS to his elder brother who lives with his sisters and sister-in-law at the controversial lawyer’s residence at 486 Runda Meadows in Nairobi.
According to the kin, the self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) general had indicated to them that it would not be long until he is back in the country, while informing them of his impending deportation.
A security guard at Mr Miguna’s residence told Nairobi News that the fiery lawyer had not returned to his Runda house since his arrest on Friday.
On Wednesday, only members of his family were allowed into the compound as the black gate remained locked with journalists kept at bay.
Miguna is fine at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, he has told me share this photo & to assure the Nation that he will be back soon pic.twitter.com/N7GIgy3hH1
— Apollo Mboya, HSC (@MboyaApollo) February 7, 2018
Mr Miguna was ‘deported’ late Tuesday evening.
The government, through Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Director of Immigration Services, Major General (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa, are yet to issue an official position on the revocation of his citizenship.
Interior ministry, through its spokesman Mwenda Njoka, claims Mr Miguna had denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back when he acquired his Canadian citizenship and had not reclaimed it using the laid down legal procedures.
Mr Miguna also resides in Richmond Hill, Ontario in Canada and has been married to Jane Miguna for 16 years.
The two have three teenage children, who are expected to receive him at the Kenyan embassy.
The controversial lawyer, who unsuccessfully vied for Nairobi governor in the August 8, 2017, was detained by police for five days prior to his ‘deportation’ over his involvement in NASA leader Raila Odinga’s ‘presidential swearing in’ ceremony despite the court ordering his release.
Mr Miguna is a barrister in Canada, where he holds a citizenship. The Kenyan constitution, which was enacted in August 2010, allows for dual citizenship.