New crisis for Turnbull
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 Telegraph 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 that she automatically lost her Kenyan citizenship when she became an Australian citizen 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 Minster in charge of nationality affairs to renounce her citizenship.