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‘I Will Never Be A Foreigner’ – Kenya’s Miguna Miguna


Kenya’s opposition politician Miguna Miguna, who is being held at the country’s main airport following a standoff over his citizenship status, has told BBC’s Focus on Africa programme in a phone interview that he is being held in a toilet.

He said that he has not eaten today and that he has only been visited by an official from the Canadian embassy and a Kenyan human rights activist.

Mr Miguna added that he has been mistreated by Kenyan officials.

“No family members have been given access to me. Even though [the police] injured my right hand and tore my clothes, they have not given me access to a doctor. They have not given me access to bathroom facilities, I have not taken a shower, I’ve not brushed my teeth.”

“I am in a terrible condition. They have put me in the toilet for the disabled. There is a sink but the sink only produces hot water, there is no cold water. And there is nothing else in the room except a chair and a bare mattress. What I want is my rights to be respected, all of them.”

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Mr Miguna arrived in Kenya on Monday afternoon and has been held at the airport since then.

Kenyan officials say that he does not have Kenyan citizenship and is instead a national of Canada, where they deported him last month.

A court ordered Mr Miguna to appear before it today, but officials did not let him go.

“I have my birth right as a citizen of Kenya, and a constitutional right as a Kenyan to come in and leave Kenya at will, unhampered. I will never be categorised as a foreigner, I will not allow them to subject me to these cruel and inhumane conditions.”

“I am willing to die in defence of my rights. I never lost my citizenship by birth because the only way I could lose it is by renouncing my citizenship and I have never done that, and they have not produced any evidence to prove that.”

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