Lib­eral se­na­tor un­der cloud

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - AN­NIKA SMETHURST

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

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