Miguna’s vetting put on hold till state clarifies his citizenship status

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Nairobi County Assembly’s Speaker Beatrice Elachi has said Miguna Miguna will not be vetted as a Deputy Governor candidate until the government clarifies his citizenship status.

The controversial lawyer was deported to Canada following a crackdown on those involved in Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s January 30 oath ceremony.

In an interview with Royal Media’s Hot96 FM on Thursday, Elachi said Miguna’s nomination is political but that he must be subjected to the normal vetting process at the county assembly.

The Speaker said the controversial city lawyer should not “hurry to jump on a plane back to Nairobi” following the nomination.

“He should let the authorities give a clear position on his citizenship,” she said.

His nomination has to be endorsed by a simple majority, which is 90 votes and above for the case of Nairobi county which has 127 MCAs.

“As for now, we know Miguna is Canadian. So, he should not hurry to jump on the plane,” the speaker said. Elachi said the process is likely to take between 3-4 months, meaning Nairobi will have to wait until September. The governor has done what the law allows him. We shall follow the law as we are the ones who make the laws,” she said.

Lawyer Cliff Ombeta, who is  part of the legal team fighting for Miguna’s return, presented the letter to the speaker on Thursday.

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