Victory for ambassadorial nominee Mwende Mwinzi in citizenship battle

South Korea ambassador nominee Mwende Mwinzi at the Milimani Law Courts on November 14, 2019, for a ruling regarding the call for her to renounce her US citizenship before official appointment. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Justice Makau explained that Mwende Mwinzi falls within the exception, is protected by the Constitution and is a public officer appointed by the President, not a State officer.
  • The court ruled, however, that the case she filed was premature because the process of her appointment has not been completed.
  • At the centre of the case is whether persons born of Kenyan parents abroad should relinquish their foreign nationality in order to be allowed to serve in the government.

A High Court ruled on Thursday that Mwende Mwinzi, the ambassadorial nominee to Seoul, South Korea, cannot be forced to renounce her US citizenship as it was acquired by birth.


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