Human Rights Watchdog Moves to Court Seeking Compensation for Miguna Miguna

April 26, 2018

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights(KNCHR) wants the State to compensate lawyer Miguna Miguna for the violation of his rights.

In its report filed in court on April 23, the KNCHR also wants the government to comply with court orders and allow the lawyer back in Kenya.

“The government should offer compensation and reparations for the harm, damage and loss of property occasioned by the respondents and their officers on Miguna,” the commission said.

The Commission also wants the State to return Miguna’s passport and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Immigration PS Gordon Kihalang’wa and Police IG Joseph Boinett penalised for contempt of court.

KNCHR noted it was greatly disturbed by the lack of respect for the Constitution and the rule of law as demonstrated by the senior government officers.

“Those in power must lead by example in adhering to the rule of law. Otherwise they encourage ordinary citizens to defy the law, which can lead to anarchy,” KNHRC said.

The agency also wants Matiang’i, Kihalangwa, and Boinnet declared unfit to hold public office.

“For the violations of Miguna’s fundamental rights and freedoms, all those culpable must be held to account in accordance with the law,” the report states.

The Rights watchdog also wants police officers who harassed journalists covering the Miguna saga penalised and victims compensated.

KNCHR said it will work closely with the Independent Police Oversight Authority(IPOA) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in pursuit of compensation for the victims.

It has also promised to ensure the officers involved are prosecuted.

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