The self-declared National Resistance Movement (NRM) general, Miguna Miguna, has announced that he will run for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in the upcoming by-election.
In a tweet on Saturday, 19th December, the exiled Kenyan lawyer said the decision was reached after obtaining competent legal advice from lawyer Waikwa Wanyoike.
“To Chief Justice David Maraga, ex-CJ Willy Mutunga, Law Society of Kenya, Waikwa Wanyoike and other constitutional lawyers: Given despot Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to allow me entry into Kenya in violation of many court orders, doesn’t the Constitution grant me the right to vie for public office from exile?,” posed Miguna.
“Having received competent legal advice from Waikwa Wanyoike on 19th December 2020, I, Miguna Miguna, a Kenyan citizen by birth and registered voter in Nairobi, hereby declare my candidature for the position of Governor of Nairobi in the upcoming by-election. Volunteers are welcomed.
If cleared, this will be the second time Miguna will be contesting the Nairobi gubernatorial seat. In the 2017 General Election, Miguna who vied for the seat as an independent candidate, garnered 10,308 votes, losing to Jubilee’s candidate Sonko who garnered 871,794 votes.
The seat fell vacant on Thursday, 17th December, following the Senate endorsement of the impeachment of Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
The Senate voted on four charges. He was found guilty of gross violation of the Constitution and other laws, abuse of office, violation of national laws, and lacking the mental capacity to run the city-county government.
Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura is set to be sworn in as the acting governor the next 60 days until a new governor is elected in February.
Miguna was deported to Canada after he administered an oath to ODM leader Raila Odinga as the “people’s president” on 30th January, 2018.
His attempts to return to Kenya have since failed after he was denied entry into the country.