Exiled Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna has declared his interest to vie for the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat in the upcoming by-election following the impeachment of Mike Sonko by the Senate on Thursday, December 17.
Taking to his official Twitter page, Miguna, the self-declared National Resistance Movement (NRM) General, who lives in Canada, indicated that he had received legal advice from constitutional lawyer Waikwa Wanyoike arguing that it was possible for him to vie for the seat from exile.
“Having received competent legal advice from @waikwawanyoike on Dec. 19, 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,” Miguna Miguna declared.
The barrister had earlier sought advice from constitutional lawyers on whether the Kenyan Constitution grants him the right to run for public office from exile having tried unsuccessfully to return home.
“To CJ @dkmaraga, CJ @WMutunga, @lawsocietykenya, @waikwawanyoike and other constitutional lawyers. Given President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to allow me entry to Kenya in violation of many court orders, doesn’t the Constitution grant me the RIGHT to vie for public office from exile?” he posed to the lawyers.
Miguna ran for the gubernatorial seat in the 2017 General Election as an independent candidate but lost to Sonko.
The gubernatorial seat fell vacant after the senate found Sonko guilty of gross violation of the Constitution, abuse of office, gross misconduct and crimes under national law.
27 senators voted Yes, 16 voted No and two abstained (Makueni’s Mutula Kilonzo and Nairobi’s Johnson Sakaja) in all the four charges.
Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura is expected to be sworn in as the acting Governor on Monday, December 21 after the ceremony was postponed on Friday.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is expected to conduct a by-election for Nairobians to elect a new county governor is within those 60 days after the Speaker assumes the office of county governor.