Canada-based firebrand Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna has declared his intention to run for the Nairobi governor’s seat in the forthcoming August General Elections.
The embattled lawyer, who has been in Canada since his 2018 deportation, believes that he is still entitled to the right as a Kenyan citizen to vie for the seat.
Miguna, who during the 2017 elections contested for the same seat but lost to former Governor Mike Sonko, says that he has not yet shelved his ambition to serve the city’s residents.
“I intend to run for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat. I am a registered voter and I can run for office,” Miguna said in an interview on KTN News on Wednesday night.
When asked which vehicle he intends to use, Miguna disclosed that he would not be running independently as during his last race but will soon be revealing the political party he will run under.
“I will be running on a party yet to be declared; that is where it is. Wait for the announcement, if I change my mind I will let you know,” he said.
On his travel restriction, the controversial lawyer cited said that he was still waiting for the court ruling to determine his case and facilitate his travel to the country.
While referring to former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who last year together with former Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi promised to help him find his way back to the country, Miguna cautioned the ex-CJ of falling short of his promise.
“It is very important that people like Willy speak and do what they say, it is very important that when someone is a former CJ, a senior citizen, and advocate, is a human rights activist, that you don’t say things when you don’t mean them. Willy Mutunga failed me and must be called out for it,” Miguna said.
Miguna was deported in 2018 following the mock swearing-in of ODM leader Raila Odinga.
On his take on the endorsement of Odinga by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Sagana 3 meeting as his preferred successor in the August polls, Miguna said it was not impactful on the outcome.
Miguna argued that President Kenyatta is already retiring and his impact on voters is little, terming him “unpopular” to Kenyans.