Liberal senator under cloud
CANBERRA’S citizenship crisis might take another turn with leaked legal advice fuelling claims that Kenyan-born Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi might still be a dual citizen.
However, as she is a senator, any exclusion would not trigger another by-election.
The Sunday Tasmanian has seen legal advice prepared by Dr Edwin Abuya, a constitutional expert and associate professor at the University of Nairobi School of Law.
Dr Abuya poured cold water on Senator Gichuhi’s claims she automatically lost her Kenyan citizenship when she became an Australian citi- zen in 2001. In the advice, compiled in April 2017, Dr Abuya argued that “a loss of citizenship was not automatic” and Senator Gichuhi should have written to the Kenyan minister in charge of nationality affairs to renounce her citizenship.
Several Liberal MPs are demanding the party investigate Senator Gichuhi’s citizenship after reports fellow South Australian Senate nominee Alex Antic — who has a letter from the Serbian embassy declaring he is not a citizen — was asked to provide additional evidence.
Senator Lucy Gichuhi