Why Date of Miguna’s Return to Kenya is Important to Raila

Former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Miguna Miguna is set to return to Kenya after two years and nine months in deportation.

The lawyer was sent out of the country to Canada in March 2018 on claims of double citizenship.

This was just days after the government initially kicked him out of the country in February, despite the political activist having secured court orders barring his deportation.

While Kenyans await Jan. 7 with bated breath, with nothing short of drama expected with Miguna’s return, ODM leader Raila Odinga’s family is also looking forward to the dawn of the day, as the now President Uhuru Kenyatta ally marks his 75th birthday.

Raila and Miguna worked closely around the 2017 electioneering period as the National Super Alliance (NASA) gained temporary popularity against Uhuru’s Jubilee Party.

After Jubilee triumphed over NASA in the initial and repeat election in 2017, the NASA leaders went on the offensive against the government, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and several corporates deemed as being used by Uhuru to steal away NASA’s 2017 victory.

Out of this offensive, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) was born, with Miguna leading opposition factions in boycotting products and services of firms such as Safaricom PLC, which they believed assisted the now ruling party and the IEBC in manipulating poll numbers.

On Jan. 30, 2018, Miguna administered a treasonous oath to Raila, declaring him ‘the People’s President’, an act which was followed shortly by his deportation drama.

Miguna and Raila’s fallout came about after the latter entered into a political truce with Uhuru in March 2018, abandoning his NASA brainchild for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Miguna has since christened Raila the ‘people’s con-man’.

On Monday, the High Court issued executive orders to the government to allow the unconditional return of Miguna into the country.

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