Miguna Miguna is a Canadian attorney, a Barrister and Solicitor in Toronto, Canada. Miguna served as a senior adviser to former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga from 2009 to 2011. He is also a Kenyan lawyer, an author and a politician who is living in forced exile in Canada.
He holds a Political Science and Philosophy degree from the University of Toronto. He also has a bachelor’s and master degree in law from The Osgoode Hall Law School.
His leadership traces back to his university days at the University of Nairobi where he was a student leader. In November 1987 while still at the UoN, he and other students were arrested, detained and later released for championing multiparty democracy.
Miguna fled to Tanzania upon his release then to Swaziland and eventually ended up in Canada where he was seeking political asylum. While in Canada, he continued with his education and built a career as a barrister and a solicitor.
He is the founder and owner of Miguna Miguna & Company Advocates based in Toronto Canada. He previously worked as the coordinator for Committee for Democracy in Kenya (CDK) between 1988 and 1994. CDK’s main aim was to ensure that section 2A of the Constitution that restricted Kenya to one party was repealed.
He returned to Kenya in 2007 and was admitted to the Kenyan Bar. He worked for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party as a senior advisor and strategist between 2006 and 2009.
Miguna worked for the government as the senior advisor on coalition, constitutional and legal affairs to the Prime Minister of Kenyan between 2009 and 2011. He later served alongside Kivutha Kibwana as the Joint Secretary to the Permanent Committee on the Management of Grand Coalition Affairs.
In 2017, he vied for the Nairobi gubernatorial position as an independent candidate. He lost to Mike Sonko.
In 2018, he took part in the swearing in of Raila Odinga as the People’s president. He was later arrested on allegations of treason and political incitement. However, before he could be charged, he was deported to Canada on orders of Interior CS Fred Matiang’i – the order has since been nullified by the High Court.
Miguna has been a political commentator for many years. Since his deportation, he has been criticizing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government and especially the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). According to the exiled activist, the BBI campaign is being used by Uhuru and Raila to overstay in power.
6 July 2009 – 4 August 2011
Magina Village, Kisumu County, Kenya
||Kenya and Canada
||ODM (2007–2011) NRM-Ke(2017)
||University of Toronto (BA)
Osgoode, York Uni. (JD), (LL.M)
||Lawyer and Revolutionary Pan-African Leader
||Peeling Back The Mask
Kidneys for the King
Treason: The Case Against Tyrants & Renegades
Early life and career
Miguna was born in Magina Village, Kisumu County. He attended Apondo Primary School in Magina Village-Nyando before proceeding to the prestigious Njiiri School in Murang’a for his High School and then the University of Nairobi, where he became a student leader in 1986 and 1987. He was detained by the Moi regime and expelled from the university in 1987 for championing multi-party democracy in Kenya. Upon his release, he fled to the neighbouring Tanzania on foot where he was granted asylum by the UNHCR, staying there briefly before being granted asylum in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Subsequently, he was granted permanent political asylum in Canada in 1988, where he continued to pursue his higher education. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1990 and thereafter studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, obtaining a Juris Doctorate degree in 1993. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1995. He obtained a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 2001.
Miguna served as the Coordinator for the Committee for Democracy in Kenya (CDK) from 1988 to 1994.
He articled at the civil rights law firm of Charles Roach (Roach, Schwartz and Associates) in Toronto setting up his law practice where he stayed until 2007 when he returned to Kenya. He was admitted to the Kenyan Bar in 2008.
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