Dr. Miguna Miguna is a dual citizen holder of Kenya and Canada. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Additionally, his legal practice extends beyond Kenya. In Toronto, Canada he is an attorney, a barrister and a solicitor.
He is a living legend in Kenya’s political journey. His quest for better governance has led him to at least two instances where he had to live outside of Kenya. Indeed, the Kenyan Lawyer is not an ordinary citizen.
The family and early life history of Miguna Miguna
He was born on December 31, 1962, in Magina village, Bondo in Kisumu county. He has six siblings, five sisters and one brother. However, he is the last born in his family. Additionally, he is named after his father.
He dropped his first name Joshua in 1997. Therefore he successfully changed his name from Miguna Joshua Miguna to Miguna Miguna. However, the circumstances that led to him changing his name are still not in the public domain.
He narrates that he never saw his father, Mr. Miguna. He died while he was not yet born. Additionally, at age 25 years he became a total orphan in 1987 when his mother Margret Miguna passed on.
Miguna’s wife and Children
The advocate is married to Jane Miguna and the couple has three children. Two are twins and one daughter. However, from 1995 to 1998 he had his first wife Tracey Wynter with whom they had two children.
His education journey started at Apondo Primary School before joining Njiiri School in Murang’a for high school.
After completing high school, he joined the University of Nairobi where he lead the university student body from 1986 to 1987. However, he did not complete his studies at the university owing to his detention and expulsion by the late President Moi. His mistake was championing multi-party democracy in Kenya.
After his release, he fled the county to Tanzania where he stayed briefly before being granted asylum status by UNHCR. He later moved to Swaziland and later Canada (1988). It is in Canada that he proceeded with his higher education journey.
He took a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1990. However, he proceed to study law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, obtaining a Juris Doctor degree in 1993.
He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1995. He has a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 2001.
Career and Political History
From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Miguna served as the Coordinator of the Committee for Democracy in Kenya (CDK). CDK was a democracy lobby group that successfully campaigned for the repeal of section 2A of the old Constitution that had made Kenya a one-party state.
From 2006 to 2009 he served the former prime minister, Raila Amollo Odinga as the senior advisor and chief strategist. Additionally, from 2009 to 2011, he was the senior adviser on the coalition, constitutional and legal affairs to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya.
The fearless lawyer first shot at politics was in 2007 when he contested for ODM nomination for Nyando parliamentary seat but lost to Frederick Outa Otieno.
However, he gave a second shot in politics in 2017 but this time around he vied for Nairobi gubernatorial seat. Again he lost the seat to Mr. Mike Sonko.
Dr. Miguna deportation
On January 30, 2018, the lawyer administered an oath of office a mock swearing of Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park. Raila was pronounced “the people’s president” in the ceremony. Although the ceremony was to be televised, mainstream media stations were shut down temporarily during the ceremony.
Later the lawyer was arrested together with another lawyer (Kajwang’) who witnessed the swearing. However, no arrest was made of Raila.
His deportation still remains contentious among the legal minds. However, the High Court of Kenya had on March 18 pronounced itself in this matter citing that the officers involved were in contempt of court orders. The court ordered the officers to release him.
On contrary, Dr. he was deported to Canada. He has since been trying to jet back into the country.
Miguna Miguna return to Kenya
After more than 7 years of leaving in Canada Miguna finally returns to Kenya. This is after a change in leadership, president William Ruto has allowed him back into the country unconditionally. He is expected to land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on October 20, 2022, at 6:00 am.
Books authored by Dr. Miguna Miguna
- Peeling Back The Mask: A Quest for Justice in Kenya
- Kidneys for the King: de-FORMING the Status Quo in Kenya
- Toes Have Tales
- Afrika’s Volcanic Song
- Disgraceful Osgoode and Other Essays
- Songs of Fire
Dr. Miguna Miguna Social Media Contacts
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