Deported self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) General Miguna Miguna has announced he will be returning to Kenya.
In a statement issued after Friday's high court ruling, Miguna thanked Justice Chacha Mwita for reminding some State officials that no one is above the law.
“The court has affirmed what I have stated over and again,” Miguna said in a statement sent to the media.
“Those who believe that our fundamental rights, freedoms, and dignity are vested by force, violence, and brutality have been reminded by Justice Chacha Mwita that no one is above the law. Our birthrights are inviolable."
Miguna also thanked his attorneys led by John Khaminwa, and announced that he will be returning to the country, though he has not given a timeline.
"I extend my gratitude to those few genuine and dedicated advocates like Dr. John Khaminwa, Waikwa Wanyoike, Stephen Ongaro, and the KNHRC senior officer Kamanda Mucheke plus all patriots and comrades who stood with me throughout! I will be back! The struggle continues!”
In his ruling, Justice Mwita declared that Miguna is a Kenyan citizen and that the government violated his rights by declaring him persona non grata.
“The government’s deduction to cancel Miguna Miguna’s passport and declaring him prohibited immigrant is unconstitutional and is hereby declared null and void,” read the ruling.
“I find and hold that he did not lose his citizenship upon acquiring a Canadian passport.”
The court also directed the respondents - Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa - to pay Miguna Sh7 million from their own pockets for violating his rights.
"Damages cannot be borne by taxpayers. They are borne by the respondents jointly and severally to dissuade future violations," Mwita states.