Kenyan leaves footprint in Canada

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April 30, 2010 – I met Iregi Kuria on Facebook, on a friend’s page. He had posted a picture of a shoe there with the Kenyan shield on it.

I wanted that shoe… I could wear it with shorts, jeans or even a dress… Thank God for Iregi, aka Rigz, because maybe one day I will get my hands on and foot in that shoe.

Rigz on the other hand, I am certain, thanks God for Barack Obama. Not because of his roots in Kenya or his message of change, but because of the CRAZY fame that seemed to trail this inspirational man everywhere.

As the campaigns heated up, Rigz had a Eureka moment.

“I love shoes and sneakers especially. I had been trying to get a West African friend of mine to include me in his shoe supply business but it was proving impossible. One time, while watching TV, Obama was on and I thought to myself ‘this guy is hot cake’!”

Iregi called Obama’s campaign team and asked if he could use the current US President’s image on canvas shoes.
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“I got a resounding yes! In fact the campaign manager said I would be doing them a favour.”

Rigz managed to sell 432 of the 500 pairs of shoes he produced, marking an instant success for a graphic designer who was looking to make a break. A pair of shoes was retailing at about $35 (Sh2,800).

Rigz has been living in Toronto, Canada since 1999, where he went to study advertising design after completing a course at the Kenya Polytechnic. He works as a graphic designer at a certain firm there and in the spirit if hustling decided to begin designing shoes to meet the needs of a ready market.

“I was very encouraged by the initial sales. I realised that I could do this! I have begun designing different kinds of sneakers using the Kenyan shield. The shoe is called Kenya.”

Rigz told me that the basic element of a shoe is comfort. After that style and quality make it a perfect package, says the 32-year-old.

“I don’t have my own company yet, but I market my shoes online through www.zazzle.com. They make the shoes and give me a percentage. That way I can design some more and hold my job at the same time.”

He tells me that he does not count the hours he works, because he loves to design.

Rigz is the first born in a family of two. He studied at Nairobi Primary and Dagoretti High and entered the graphic design scene when it was still ‘old school’.
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“We used to do designs by hand. I can tell you this though, Kenyans are very very talented. They just need to do something with it.”

Rigz is hoping to be completely self-employed soon and with the growth that he has seen just over one year after he started, he’s having trouble stopping the ideas from flowing.

“I have so many plans, many of which I cannot divulge until the deal is complete, but the next thing I am working on is cologne…”

His word of encouragement to many young or older Kenyan entrepreneurs is to keep at it until they succeed – to diversify.

“It’s like a dream to me…”

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  • allan kai

    congrats to riggz men this dude'z got skill. way to hustle for real. need me a couple of pairs or more of those…

  • kevin Kirimi

    im copy pasting my comment from FB:Seriously I love those Obama Sneakers….Gai !!!but now surely when you telll me to go http://www.zazzle.com….i mean I want them accessible locally…Iregi Kuria do something about that same goes to Jahmhuri wear_Pick ideas from
    Ge- fashions in Tanzania…they are local and they are doing they are selling their products at a very good cost locally…

  • Mwistar

    Congrats Rigz!
    The new kicks are definitely a winner.

  • Peris Muthiora

    Congratulation Rigz, whom I have come to know as a pal and a neighbour in downtown Toronto. It is an amazing husttle and an inspiration to many who are trying to get their buisness' of the ground.

  • alice

    i want 2pairs of the shoes pliz

  • Papa Noel

    Sight is the function of the eyes and vision is the function of the heart.I've seen you grow in wisdom and stature, seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto thee. Congratulations!

  • Guest

    One thing is true, You are extremely loyal and that is a leadership quality lacking in our society. I struggle with Kenyan leaders because they exemplify true sell outs of the short term expediency versus the long term goals. I know the PM will reconsider this bad decision, if not, know you have a place in the new Kenya against the Old one.

    • Otieno

      Miguna, stop crying foul…in my view and i believe the view of majority of kenyans, you deserve what you are going through. Your psycophancy and power had taken tall on you and you needed a rest. kenyans will continue to thank whoever tamed you.

      • Mugunafordemocracy

        Whether
        Miguna was loved or not, whether he was successful in his career or not is not
        the issue. A person who was working close to the PM, deserved to be informed by
        the PM- if the PM did not like his approach or advice, he should have told Miguna so, or gave him a warning to change tact. Miguna deserved a chance to defend himself to his boss-successfully or not.
        In fact we are all accusing Miguna of overreacting and missing the point yet we
        are all missing the point, we should not accept roadside declarations, which
        are dictatorial form any leader. Moi started as a humble man, but playing politics of vested interest and mediocrity changed the man to a dictator, who suffered?. Raila may have trashed Miguna rights today and we celebrate. Yet, when
        Miguna comes out warning us, we miss the point because we do not like him.
        What we forget is the African saying that” the firewood gathered near
        fireplace should never laugh that others are burning”. The point is, Roa
        trashed democratic rights of fellow loyalist unceremoniously- I believe in the love of his country-
        Miguna has come out warning us in the day light that Raila is not a democrat of
        any shade. Let us not hung the messenger just because he worked for this man or
        the timing of his warning. Wisdom and startegy dictates welcoming Miguna and any defector, without any condemnation, castigations or conditions. At least what we are hearing is crucial eveidence aganist Rao’s presidency, uys voters- lets us apply analytic and predictive competency, in evaluation of the next president of the great republic of Kenya

        Long live
        Miguna and by the way welcome back to Canada!!!!

  • JEFF

    Mr. Miguna Miguna, it is bad manners to publicly castigate your boss AFTER you have been fired. I am sure that despite your loyalty to Raila Odinga, you must have identified the weaknesses that you have mentioned in his leadership style early enough. So why did you stick around for so long until you were sacked? If your interest was truly Kenya, you should have disclosed these issues a long time ago. I think your loyalty was to Raila ONLY and not Kenyans as you seem to suggest. And this loyalty sort of blinded you.

  • Francis

    Mr. Miguna, i am shocked by your barbaric reaction but more so by the simplistic and convoluted argument.As a former Nriris student where in the 80s we were a “thinking power-house” it hurts to see you stoop this low intellectualy.First, you got your job IRREGULARLY!.Having had no record/experience of any employment in civil service to claim that you should/could be employed at job group V is an abuse to the people of Kenya-your “BIG EDUCATION NOT WITHSTANDING”.Take the case of Hon. Kibwana/Hon. Tuju-these were gov. ministers miguna!.Were Kibwana to apply back to teach at the university-civil service he would be at the highest pay level.He cannot be paid less by same gov. than he would be paid as a top academic.Miguna,there are so many senior/qualified/patriotic career civil servants that would have deserved of the job than a novice whose only credential was “ONE-WAY/UNI-DIRECTIONAL THINKING “.I am surprised your brain can reverse gear!.Second, if you claim you are a civil servant-then this is the heirachy-Your immediate boss is your supervisor-PS Isahakia in your case.Muthaura is your overall boss-he needs to be informed if one “senior officer is to be disciplined”.PS Kimemia is in charge of security-your security-he is a third party to you? Miguna, while you were away some things happened-do you know that no two headmasters/principals of schools earn the same salarly in civil service? Your argument that you should have paid same salarly as Kibwana is not only stupid/juvenile but betrays your ignorance of the basics of civil service jobs.Where did you get this notion that you and only you can be right?Do you ever stop engage the brain? Your tirade against the PM-I am not defending him-is without merit! That in itself is enough reason to terminate you as his advisor-since you are in “civil service”perhaps they can transfer you to advise Nairobi mayor! Why bring in the whole Nyanza thing and claim you are a champion against tribalism? I argued on this forum that you should have lost your job when you “advsed” the PM to sack Ruto and Ongeri without consultation and exposed the PM to ridicule-nothing happened-you are one lucky boy! Remember the motto of our school-FREE TO SERVE! NOT TO “SERVE BY FORCE”.Nobody will trust you with the highest security clearance to gov. functions if a “small matter is enough to betray your oath of office”.Spilling the beans as they say in your case is selling your own country-STOP IT! Many kenyans earn in a life time what they paid you in a month! be grateful and humble your self.

    Francis

    • Anonymous

      Francis, what an honest piece. I hope Miguna reads this piece. I am from Nyanza and was also in Njiris during Miguna’s time. Miguna had a problem then which we believed he would outgrow but it seems we were very wrong.

      • Anonymous

        are we trying to justify RAO’s Moi-like decision making? Miguna may deserve everything he gets, but he is spot on when he says that he should have been accorded the basic rules of natural justice!

        • Anonymous

          Jelnam, what makes the Moi-like firing wrong if the appointment was Moi-like? In 2007, Miguna left his post in Canada to try his hand in politics. When he miserably failed to win ODM nomination, Raila arbitrarily created a position to accomodate his political friend, just the same way Kibaki created amorphous positions to accomodate Rapheal Tuju and Kibwana. Secondly, show me one civil servant from the current government who has gotten involved in partisan politics like Miguna. The moment Miguna accepted his appointment as an advisor to the Prime Minister, he literally surrendered his right to engage in active politics, leave alone partisan politics.
           

          • Msakhulu

            Thank you Aluka. Miguna is an intellectual that is more tactless than a standard two kid. He has zero emotional and social intelligence. I can tell you if Kibaki woke up and fired Tuju and Kibwana today, they would walk into the sunset because they have the emotional, social and political sense to know that they serve at the pleasure of the president. Obama relieved a US General in Iraq of his duties and the guy just kept quiet because he has common sense. Wailing to the public makes you look pathetic and immature. 

          • Msakhulu

            And that is also why they are paid more than Miguna. They are of greater value and they understand one of the 48 Laws of Power – never try and outshine your boss.

          • Anonymous

            Aluko..two wrongs never became right. Being a self-proclaimed proponent of democracy and rule of law, the PM should have followed the proper legal channels and, among others, accorded MM an opportunity to respond to the allegations. I agree with you entirely that MM was on the wrong to delve into partisan politics, but the issue here is not whether or not he is wrong, but the way in which he was hounded out of office! This arbitrariness in decision making that we seem to justify in our political leadership is what feeds impunity and tyranny.

    • Anantpanchmatia

      Just simply SHUT UP man .

  • Baijo

    I suspect and believe this is Moses Kuria or any of the happy PNU spokesmen writing disguising self as double MM. They are taking full advantage of the situation

  • In other words Miguna, you were used and dumped! What a pity you realise that many years after so man lives were lost with your ‘rigged election’ crap pole lakini.. Kenya is bigger than you and Raila. Dust yourself off and move back to Canada maybe

  • Steveroxy2000

    sasa wewe u trusted Raila despite his history of party hopper..plus he has blood of Kenyans..who called for mass protests..since u were gaining with body guards and government cars n fat salary Raila was good..now u have been shunned he is bad..

  • Kipkemboi12

    shame on you,and by the way who cares,kila siku watu hufutwa and no complain,you have been earning illegally ,who misses your services,i blf no body we kwenda nyumbani

  • acceptance

    Mr. Miguna! Its quiet ridiculous of someone of your caliber, with much education, think as a class 3 kid. Is it a must you work for PM RAO? Just pick up yourself and look for another job. Your contribution is needed somewhere else, maybe in the village, county level. Just be positive and thank God for the time you cemented the coalition gov, I think you have run out of ideas, and you are only emitting gas, please look for something else and stop murmuring like a small kid.

  • Nicholas Ronoh

    COULDNT AGREE WITH HIM MORE.

  • John Ndirangu

    During your time at the helm, you proved to be a great tribalist. Please go back to Canada where you belong Kenya does not need tribal Kings like you. We need leaders who are full of humility and uniters. Goodbye my friend. We will not miss you and hope our paths will never meet again.

  • KENB

    poorly edited article. who proof reads articles @ Capital FM?

  • KEN

    At last the truth comes out from the horse’s mouth:”I have sacrificed my career, my life – even my family – for Raila Odinga.For him to throw me under the train in such callous, inhumane and clearly barbaric manner astounds me.I have loved Raila Odinga. I have fully trusted Raila Odinga.I have committed all my life and energy to defending and promoting the interests of Raila Odinga and that of the citizens of Kenya and the country at large”For long, Miguna waxed lyrical about how he was fighting for democracy.Today, we learn he wasn’t fighting for ideals or principles.He was fighting for Raila. Period.He was just another foot soldier in the army commanded by Raila.He was placed on the frontline in the battlefield & fought valiantly.But he’s now shocked to find out that the army commander decided to sacrifice him in one battle so as to try and win the war.Wake up Miguna.Man up Miguna.This is what happens when you fight for a man.

  • David keen

    Oooh , well done.Since you have seen the light, you need to apologize to kenyans for allowing yourself to be misused  politically.I remember how you ridiculed the Ocampo6 , when you followed them to the Hague.But anyhow, we know those guys who have shown you the door  are real tribalists.
    I suggest you contact R.Tuju on the way forward or you talk to PNU guys juu ya Job.I am sure they can fix you somewhere.

  • bunder biggy

    man u  r crying like a lil disgruntled baby…look 4 another job hommy….n move on…or go back 2 canada n be  a  mayor or sumthi….eish.

  • Anonymous

    “Unlike many people in and around the office of the Prime Minister, I have never been involved in corruption..”..Miguna,you should have jumped out of that ship before it sailed.Look at Karua,She disassociated herself form Kibaki govt.now she’s doing her thing her way without much interruptions!

    Another statement you made “the PM has made it a career of reminding Kenyans of the inviolability …..freedom to hold different opinions,”
    Really??And issue of trust,how on earth do you lay your trust on a politician especially one with peculiar interests!
    I think this is a case of best food served cold and learn to tolerate others,you’ve bashed many notable individuals inn your column and none sued you for your opinions since they all knew who was talking behind scene.Guess who is laughing last..them but not all of them since they knew you are not the point man or the “power men” from Nyanza as you articulately put it.

  • Gibuswangisansa

    Miguna, you go for it, mate! If you believed in Raila and he let you down, you have a duty to remind him to wake up to the realities around him. The PM may not have received the correct intelligence, and there was definitely a need for you to restrain your own rabidness. However, right must prevail and Odinga must therefore make amends by either honourably discharging or re-instating you. The man has every right to sound as bitter he does – he was apparently hounded out like a mongrel and the merchants of influence and power, some of the only half literate!

  • Kenkamau2009

    Hi,
    I may not be in a position to know if what Miguna Miguna wants us to believe is true or not but from the statement,he comes out as a very bitter man and i understand that. Considering his way of addressing issues in his capacity as an advisor,he might have come out to me as a very proud man.The curtain fell weeks after he claimed that some of those opposed to what ‘his party’ stood for would fry in their own fat not knowing that some people were not happy with his contributions.I would rather he keeps quiet and let facts unfold as whatever he is going to say at this time will be definately defensive.Let it come out from others Miguna.After all,its like you courted controversy.

  • rant! rant!

  • George Okeyo

    The above article does not sound like a Miguna Miguna (MM) article. I will not be surprised if it turns out that it was written by a fraudulent MM.

  • Francis

    Aluko,thanks .Notice that our guy has signed the piece as “USED TO BE THE PM ADVISOR” as opposed to “IS ADVISOR TO PM ON SUSPENSION?” as a lawyer-when were you sacked-YOU HAVE SACKED YOURSELF AND STILL WANT  “YOUR JOB BACK”?.

  • Nextop

    I have this feeling that Miguna is about to be recycled into the boundaries review team and all this hullabaloo is to hood wink Kenyans that they have parted ways with RAO so that no one raises an eyebrow when he gets the position.

    • Osiemo

      MIGUNA IS HISTORY in public service for AT LEAST the next 10 years. WANNA BET? Instead of stopping to dig once he realizes he is inside a hole, he is continuing to dig himself even deeper! No current politician will EVER touch Miguna with a 100-foot pole. He belongs to a university (if they can accept it) – he is TOTALLY CLUELESS on politics.

  • Rambayapaul

    Could these be Miguna Migunas last kicks?

  • Guys please note Miguna was an insider and we are all privileged to have inside info about RAO in the public domain. If he confirms Raila was not an agent of change….he must know what he is talking about…Bwana Miguna leta maneno…..

  • Ken Reria

    Dude, your job was as an ADVISER to the PM. your only qualification for the job was, as you put it you “loved Raila”. If you had cared to ask around, you were hated by almost everyone and by extension a lot of that hatred was reflected onto the PM. It is very funny that you are bitching about the ‘public way’ that your suspension was announced while we know the way you like to publicly fight your battles. A case of the shoe being on the other foot? Granted, it was not proper the way they have treated you, but don’t try to court public sympathy because it will not work. Haven’t you noticed that people on both side (PNU and ODM) are actually happy that you are out? if you were high profile, there would have been street celebrations. I am willing to bet that after this rant, there is a letter on the PM’s desk with the phrase “We wish you well in your future endeavors” at the end.

  • Rogada2011

    Raila not an agent of change because he has not talked to you for a week? Miguna, I think you should have taken a chill pill (ok…a whole bottle)before writing this piece. This my friend is not something you can take back.

  • Makoduor

    Muguna You are over reacting cool down and let the wind settle,iF PM has not spoken to you and you know he trusted you why are you throwing missles at him even before you get a word from his mouth.may be he wanted to give abetter Job as AG or something already you are taking action and talking too much like you were doing the PM some favour or like without you he could not be anywhere.Remember as an Adviser you have also Failed the PM how to deal constitutionally with the rebels in ODM.you have not covered or guarded the PM constitutional even when his authority is abused.be positive and re-examine yourself miguna.you are now throwing trash to the PM who trusted you and offered you employment.watch your mouth

  • Osiemo

    We have always said it – Raila Amollo Odinga will never be the president of Kenya. NEVER. You can take that to the bank.

    Thank you for finally accepting. But that is the only compliment I can give you.
    ———————————————-
    “I have loved Raila Odinga”
    At some point, you have to Man Up! All this wailing “Oh he was my boyfriend”, “Oh he broke my heart”, “Oh I paid his airfare”

    Noooooo! 

    Miguna, MAN UP and if you opt for the courts, go there and forget these emotional and juvenile rants.

    And no, the people of Kenya are not with you. 

    Why not try running for just councillor in Nairobi or Kisumu today and see how resoundingly you will lose? Luo Nyanza will still vote 99.9999% for Raila Odinga even if he slapped and insulted you in public.

    It is called SYCOPHANCY my friend as is evident from your grovelling here, you still suffer from it. 

    YOU MADE YOUR BED – YOU NOW MUST LIE IN IT.

    • Brokiy1

      Raila, serves the whims of nyanza, western not kenya. Its because of this they made him primeminister of Kenya. For miguna to say he’s serving Kenya is ridiculous, and funny. I did not know what position he held till fired. Miguna shut up and make up with your king or else go back to canada. Nobody sympathises with you anyways. U trashed PNU,so why cry after Raila was done with u. Go to learn how to fish again if u cannot get your job back in Canada.

  • Anonymous

    One need not be a Miguna supporter to sympathise with the way he has been treated. I cannot wait to see how the courts will rule on the case he has lodged. This decision smacks of Moism – sacked through the media at 1pm! It is takes Moism a notch higher if he was indeed recalled for a meeting while on holiday! The decision not only violates the laws of natural justice, it also illustrates the proclivity to abuse power and the vagaries of self-serving politics.

  • Chakamwa

    Miguna can’t be Raila’s adviser by force. And he knows it.

  • Ok nice to let us know of all this but is this a story telling or a blog????

  • robert.wanga37

    This Miguna guy did his thing & must now find something else to engage him. He was probably too drunk and full of himself to a point that he got a blackout! Now the morning after when he finds himself in the trenches; he is hallucinating with a very bad hangover. Be thankful, many who sacrificed & fought for RAO went home empty handed because they were comrades in fostering ideals not table mates destroying the war spoils like yourself. Move on my friend, the world is greater than Miguna & RAO, plus there will always be life after the 2 of you have exited the stage of political theatre in our beloved Kenya. So pick up your broken pieces & reconstruct your life!!!!!!!!

  • Daggie

    just curious.., how come it took you loosing your job to finally figure out that Raila wasnt after all an agent of change.., generally, you sound bitter and seems determined not to go down quitely..,

  • ‎”Miguna
    Miguna, don’t die for RAO, Ask Hon. Martha Karua who defended Kibaki
    till unceremonious political divorce, don’t wash your dirty linen in
    public, after all you were just a political appointee doing the dirty
    work”

  • Philmuma

    Get over it Man, your not the first to be shown the door out by your employer, to begin with your accused of being an arrogant abusive person, here in Canada you have a very bad record and your once accused of attempted rape.

  • Dear MM-As valid as your points may be you have failed in advising yourself on how to conduct yourself honourably. You have only proved to be no different from the regular rubble rouser with perceived mettle but nothing to prove.You shoild know the Kenyan public better to know their opinion by now. You have NOT lost your job,you have been suspended.If & when you lose it then you can bring out you arguments.When you were a mere barrister in Canada,RAO had a life, you chose to join his bandwagon voluntarily i am cock sure he did not join you.He gave you the job & rank your yapping about.The only reason any other Kenyan knows you is because you associated with him.He made you who you are today.Like it or not,you never made him into the man he is.Grow up & stop acting like an overgrown crybaby or a jilted lover.You are not the first to be suspended in this country and you will not be the last,your brash,chest thumping & aggresive style of combative politics has no place in modern day Kenya.Intelligent,interllectual smart & firm diplomacy is more appropriate.why are you bringing up names no one is interested in?? do you want us to send you flowers? cards? go out in the streets & throw stones? go on hunger strike??For you?? Indeed the so called strike like lightening response hit you first.I dont remember ever seeing Tuju nor Kibwana ever acting in the same manner as you did,lacking decorum,abrasive & ruffling everyones feathers in the name of politics.These are made men,we know them.Do you honestly believe you are their contemporaries? Elaborate.If your boss is or was RAO & he could strike a reconciliatory tone then who are you Miguna?? we are 40 Million plus Kenyans and one Migunax2 is as expendable as any other Kenyan.The Republic of Kenya is much bigger than you,RAO or anyone else for that matter.I still cannot remember anything worth noting about you sir that mandates you to hobnob all over about.Work it out the same way you looked for your employment…….discreetly!!!!!

  • mike

    The “francis” who replied below sounds and types more like Moses Kuria, the self appointed PNU spokesman. Anyone else notice that?

    • Osiemo

      It does not matter whether it was written by Moses Kuria or President Obama himself. 

      It is UNIVERSAL COMMON SENSE.

      Everybody – except a certain class of sycophants – knows that irrespective of whether he was sacked procedurally or not, this guy’s reaction has only proven how jinga he is.

      Wetangula was suspended by Kibaki. Whether Kibaki reinstates him or not, he has acted maturely. 

      Miguna will NEVER be a MAJOR part of any SERIOUS politician’s team. EVER again in his life. 
      Miguna has screwed himself ROYALLY by reacting as if he was RAILA’S SECOND WIFE. Even IDA ODINGA has never publicly professed that “I HAVE LOVED RAILA ODINGA”. She must be jealous. Hehehe

      It lowers his standing and honor as a real man – if he ever was one in the first place.

  • Samww3

    “I shall never bend and serve at the whims of parochial selfish interests” – you did just that mate!

  • kamau

    If upto now you dont know that nobody serious can hire you, a holigan as an advisor, then you are educated but foolish. Nowonder the bible tell us that above all things we seek wisdom. You put your trust in Raila, you would abuse others for him, your CV was about who you advise, not about your capabilities and experience.The Bible says: Cursed is a man who has put his trust on another man:

    The bible also say judge not so that you are not judged. You have judged all others – is it not your time to be judged.And boy a grown up,with string of degrees, being called a person of gross misconduct by another grown up before the nation. How low can it get.

    Lastly, what do you seek to gain from all these. Belief me you are a looser in all this. Kibaki has advisors why do you think they have not put it on their CVs? why do you think they dont go abusing others? why do you think they do go shouting to  others whom they advise?

    Miguna something is wrong with your head. I am half your age, but i can tell you pride comes before a fall.

  • Steve

    Miguna is the biggest idiot i have ever come across. i really doubt he went to any school, high school, leave alone university.

  • Myself

    Francis and Aluko,

    Thank you for your great posts. I am also an alumnus of Njiiri school. I was there when Miguna Miguna Joshua was the deputy school captain. Miguna ruled other students with an iron fist. I started school at Njiiri in form two. I met Miguna while he was in form six. For a whole term, first term, I thought that he was the school captain until I was told that the school captain was one Mr. Gichohi who had been hospitalised for a good part of the year as he was being operated on.The boy thought that he was third from Mr. Stephen .G. Ndung’u the Headmaster and Mr.J.P. Githinji the deputy. He was as combative, abbrassive, assuming, bullying, coarse, unsifted, ‘unschooled’ and lacked grace. He believes that he’s larger than life. He believes that he is always correct and that everyone else is wrong. He thinks the world gravitates towards him. I am not surprised in the least. Mr. Miguna, just a word from one of those form two students you used to bully around at ‘YAMUNYONA’ as we fondly referred to our former school: (On a personal note , I had my own spat with Joshua Miguna, an incident that occured between him and me at the school canteen where we used to buy bread but that is neither here nor there. This is not about me) just be humble.Humble yourself, entertain the thought/idea that others too might be right and you wrong. Heed the words of the Desiderata: “GO PLACIDLY AMID THE NOISE AND HASTE, AND REMEMBER WHAT PEACE THERE MAY BE IN SILENCE.AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT SURRENDERBE ON GOOD TERMS WITH ALL PERSONS.SPEAK YOUR TRUTH QUIETLY AND CLEARLY;AND LISTEN TO OTHERS, EVEN THE DULL AND THE IGNORANT;THEY TOO HAVE THEIR STORY.AVOID LOUD AND AGGRESSIVE PERSONS,THEY ARE VEXATIONS  TO THE SPIRITIF YOU COMPARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS,YOU MAY BECOME VAIN OR BITTER;FOR ALWAYS THERE WILL BE GREATER AND LESSER PERSONS THAN YOURSELF…”Miguna Miguna Joshua,We used to be reminded those words every other morning by  one Mr. Samuel .S. Maneno,  our School Principal. You definitely need those words, that advice. 

  • 6%- Mkuria RCBowen

    I am still surprised that MM truly believed that Raila was a democrat that fought for higher ideals; as he calls them.

    MM sold all he had and moved his family to market product that he refused to analyze or even understand.

    He and others cheered Raila when he locked Tuju out of Luo Nyanza and his Rarieda constituency in particular because Tuju was exercising his democratic rights. I’m shocked that Miguna still thought this as ‘fighting for reforms’ and invested in it with the welfare of his own family.

    A couple of years before Orange there was Kanu-NDP era. This saw the likes of Orengo, Ochuodho, Rev. Timothy Njoya and the rest of Mageuzi and Ufungamano crew hunted down like stray dogs and given a proper beating. Still MM believed all this was a struggle for reforms and not a struggle to suppress people-driven reforms. We know who won the struggle that one Raila claims to have fathered and given birth to.

    But then I cannot blame Miguna. The well-crafted Messiah narrative was too sweet to ignore. 

    MM should be an Ochuodho or Tuju and refuse to kiss a$$. Or kiss a$$ like Orengo or Nyong’o.

    Like a government secret agency assassin that has gone astray MM will soon find his fellow assassins coming after his a$$. The messiah has to be protected.

  • Kenyan

    hehehehehe,

    Miguna is behaving like a scorned lover. Man, whatever you rant and rave about, you will always looked like you are writing all these pieces due to your being sacked. How come you are only realizing that RAO is not an agent of change after all after you have been sacked? silly man.

    For all the bashing that you have been administering to people, you really have been rough tackled this time and you have no answers except continuing with  your insults. Man, get a life and go look for work in Canada.

  • Roktok

    what a great intellect miguna is,i wish you could elaborate fully in black and white.
    Fear not we are out here giving you our ears and watching,have courage and shame the devil of impunity.you ought to be treated like them.you can make a pure hero!

  • Majuto  ni mjukuu huja baadaya ama kinyume! remember when you almost embarrassed yourself fighting Kivuitu sasa who will have the last laugh.

    I remember writing to you when you published a very bad article about Ruto,Uhuru and Kalonzo but now I know there was someone behind every word.

    Feel free to join the real reformers

  • Latonesha

    MM, just shut up! You are bitter just because as a true luo, you blew up all your cash living large, believing your position and perks will last forever. Now you are broke, you have to move to East side of Uhuru highway and move your kids from Makini to Jogoo Rd Primary-moreover you haven’t built a house in your rural home! Shame on you!

  • Dshikunyi

    Who cares? people loose jobs day in day out, economies are collapsing, inflation is on the rise, we are witnessing a rise in poverty levels, kids are dropping out of schools and even those who are able to clear certain levels cannot be absorbed because of these symbiotic thoughts that can only reflect the decay of our systems. Move on. You are a scholar who should be thinking of how you can create opportunities that can help the country to address issues that relates to unemployment, poverty, implementation of many policies that are gathering dust in govt shelves. No wonder you can spend much of time whining as though you will not live to see the next day.

  • Sheshi

    every one deserves justice!!!

  • Missionafricainc

    Thank God the blind have seen the light

  • Kweya

    ITS SAD THIS COMES AFTER BEING SHOWN THE DOOR MIGUNA IS AN ACCOMPLICE IN ALL THE ALLEGATIONS HE IS MAKING

  • Annkihoria

    About 99% of Kenyans didn’t know your duties in this country.  At least now we have known you were licking P.M’s  boots. 

  • Nyabushnyambabe

    Just like a few other people have said, I find Miguna very stupid. After all the process to get rid of him has been very carefully planned. After all he was suspended. If he humbled himself he could have gotten the job back. BUT NOW HE SHOULD BE FIRED KABISA.

    DO NOT EXPOSE THE PM FOR YOUR OWN SELFISH GAINS. THE PM HAS THE INTEREST OF KENYANS WHILE YOU ARE JUST SELFISH.

  • Whoever lives by the sword, dies by the sword. Shut up and take it like a man!! You have been defending the indefensible, now it’s your turn to be discarded like used tissue paper. 
    If you are so self-less as you would like us to believe, why didn’t you tell us of the corruption when it happened? If you are so “pro-justice” as you would like us to believe, just take a walk to PLOs office and spill the beans on the corruption! And while you are at it, book a flight to the Hague and tell Ocampo what you know about ODM hate campaign of 2007, I am sure there are quite a few former “colleagues” who would be more than willing to pay for the trip. Otherwise, you are not adding value to cause of moving Kenya forward.”Unlike many people in and around the office of the Prime Minister, I have never been involved in corruption.” .. Miguna Miguna”… Raila says he supported my election, ask Raila what I gave him in return…..” .. Raph TujuThis is the man Raila. What happens in darkness will always out.

  • Gloria Oyatsi

    miguna should just go home and wait. He sound as if he has not been saving anything…

  • Bla, bla, bla, poor old Miguna*2, I think i should buy a big cup for you to shed your tears in. Thats what people of your ilk get when tables turn. Remember your loud mouth in the Ruto suspension, not that i support him but this is just to remind you that people who live in glass houses don’t throw stones. Remember PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL AND A HAUGHTY HEART BEFORE DESTRUCTION. I stopped reading your articles due to the arrogant mien they exuded and also the notion that you kind of hold a monopoly of intelligence, a Mr. know it all. I’m also ashamed of you ‘Mr’ when you say you sacrificed your professional career, your life and family for one, Raila Odinga. What a claptrap. This exemplifies how even the so learned, so to speak, are brainwashed and left with nothing in between their ears, turning them into some gibberish who would pounce onto any opportunity dangled unto them. i’m very sure if PNU invited you into their camp, now that you are without a salary you would get there running. why? You have a family and bills to pay and also to try and hitback at your adversaries…inherently every unwise person would do that. Anyway, I don’t want to waste alot of time responding to your irksome tirade but this should serve as a lesson to you. Never take a bullet for anyone. They, Raila and his henchmen, are still getting their dues in full and making merry left, right and centre, as you sulk alone in the cold. Next time Bro, think twice. Don’t be so gulliable to swallow anything doled unto you and forfeit the most important things in your life. That said, its your mess clean it up and get going its life in its variagated facets.

  • ‘nuguna nuguna’ says the he is fighting impunity by fighting for his job? his appointment into the civil service was a pure embodiment of impunity! all procedures were flouted on this one, where is only qualification was his sycophantic support for RAO. which other civil servant is a member of a political party secretariat and routinely would comment on political party matters with such arrogance reckless abandon? which civil servant would contradict and insult his senior in a foreign country (as he did to Wako in Uganda) and still keep his job? THIS ARE ALL EXAMPLES OF IMPUNITY ON YOUR PART MM. So please don’t play that card

  • Miguna i really sympathize with u,if i were you i would be silent and the law take course.why cried like child now!i rem your articles concerning moi and everybody else,you articles were full of malice and hatred.thanx God u were sack,i have been waiting for long time for such a time.u deserved the sack

  • Mercy

     Miguna you will never cease to amaze me! don’t whine so much , how about trying to get a job  as a political reporter/ writer? that might help……. but your sentiments my friend………..

  • Kariuki N

    any good dog knows, you bite a neighbour for your boss, ok; you bite a policeman for your boss, you get euthanised. 

    Kariuki

  • i remember i had a fight with Miguna Miguna about Zinedine Zidane head-butting Materazzi during 2006 World Cup. Back then, Miguna argued like a little boy by bringing in issues of religion. It seems he has not outgrown it. He says he was hired by the civil service and goes on to say that his suspension was discussed by third partie who have nothing to do with his employment. Incidentally, this includes Francis Muthaura who was Migunas boss as head pf Public service. AND how is Raila coming in when you say you were hired as a public servant and not paid like Tuju or Kibwana?? does Raila pay your salary??? ask Muthura and PSC..more still, if you were a public servant, were you interviewed competitively for the job? GO BACK TO CANADA and quit bitching!

  • Peter

    You think Raila is Alone, You are nothing, what Raila has done for this country is far more than what you can tell, you made him lose marks, but Thank God you are out.

    • prophet6

      This is what Raila is good at – use and dump. He cherishes those who praise him and good at idolising him. MM was worth more brains than ODM could handle.

  • G_bazil

    You don’t have any qualifications serving in the PMs office.You wasted the taxpayer money and still you are all out crying foul.People have been fired and they don’t rant that much why are you that bitter could it mean you thought you are so special no!no!no! brother.Again you didn’t represent Kenya you were like a personal secretary, Muthaura is gov’t secretary so he he represent Kenya not you.I think leave RAO just alone,relax ,tulia braza.people like you should not hold any public office and i think next time you apply for any position you should be subjected to a panel of experts to grill u.

  • conglatulations  continue being patriotic and shame the devil

  • Pratt

    Raial was NEVER EVER an agent of change pal. He is a pretender who would make all the right noises without corresponding action and still, stand up and call himself a “reformer.” He is purported to have reform agenda. But 5 years after getting 1/2 loaf, there is nothing to show for it. If he was really an agent of change, Kenyans would by now be knowing what sort of presidency Raila would present. The country would be awash with his ideas and reforms. But whats there? Nothing only usuals insults and lapses in self praise! Can someone armed with serious reform be so empty for so long? Can an agent of change assume one of the most powerful offices in the land and 5 years on, fail to achieve a single thing apart from appointing his mostly corrupt relatives in government positions? Can reformer only specialize on assassinating characters of other leaders? Can a reformer be a pretentious rapant liar? Can a reformer, a purported agent of change, be threatened by prayers for brothers who are victims of his greed for power? Would a leader be so heratless to relish on suffering of fellow Kenyans? Miguna Miguna you are a blessed man. Let the people know the truth regardless of what those who are arrested tribalism have to say.  

  • Gracey44442000

    big ups bro’ 🙂

  • Mrs-Mwangi

    Good job..bring the shoes in Kenya

  • Jchoo916

    Bring dem to Dubai! Kenyans here are waiting.

  • J

    Congrats Rigz we need more Kenyans to embrace a genuine hustling spirit!!

  • would love to own one, how can I get them?

  • nations travel

    Bata shoe company in Kenya made them sometime back….this is not something new…..have lots of clothings and assorted products in NBO with Kenya flag …………..Why make it like big story…..it is not invention….

  • rose

    I really wouldnt mind a pair, are they available in kenya?

  • maina kageni

    They r so cute just like those u were selling on twitter @muleim

  • hunaja

    The title of the story makes me wonder how Kenyans in Canada get from place to place…just asking…

  • Polkot

    As a patriot, I do not like the idea of our flag being step on by people’s feet! A cap, a T-shirt fine but shoes? A flag should be ‘up’ not ‘down’.

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