Kenya revokes deportation of lawyer


A Kenyan court revoked the deportation of a lawyer who “swore in” opposition leader Raila Odinga as the country’s “president” in a direct challenge to the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, a local television station reported.

Miguna Miguna, who holds dual Kenyan and Canadian citizenship, is currently in Canada after being put on a flight to Toronto by the Kenyan government earlier this month following several days in police detention.

His expulsion came after he was charged with treason over the “swearing-in” ceremony. The high court in Nairobi issued several orders that he be allowed to appear before it, which government ignored.

The case exposed a deepening rift between Kenyatta’s government and the judiciary, which nullified his initial re-election and ordered a repeat election, which Odinga then boycotted.

Odinga justified his “swearing in” by saying he had won the initial August 8 election subsequently invalidated by the Supreme Court.

Asked for reaction to Thursday’s ruling, the Kenyan interior ministry, which ordered Miguna’s deportation, referred Reuters to the state law office.

Miguna welcomed the court ruling, tweeting: “We are fully committed to the rule of law. We shall use the constitution as the spear and the shield in the fight.”