Police bar protestors from Miguna’s rural home

July 17, 2012 12:51 pm

, NYANDO, Kenya, Jul 17 – Police in Kisumu on Tuesday blocked over 500 demonstrators from accessing the rural home of Miguna Miguna in Nyando where they wanted to burn his effigy and ‘bury’ him.

The protesters were enraged by the contents of Miguna’s book ‘Peeling Back the Mask’ in which they argue he has accused Prime Minister Raila Odinga falsely and tarnished his name with unfounded information.

“We are angry at Miguna Miguna who is accusing Raila falsely. We are urging him to withdraw his accusations as he is destroying our peace. We the people of Nyando have come out to show him that we are not backing him,” one of the protesters said.

The demonstration which was organised by Nyando Member of Parliament Fred Outa, former MP Otieno Karan and other legislators started at the Ahero trading centre, some five kilometres from Miguna’s home.

Police intercepted the demonstrators two kilometres from their destination and told them they were not allowed to trespass into private property.

They peacefully obeyed the orders and returned to the Ahero shopping centre.

They urged him to go ahead and record statements on the accusations he has made.

“We are urging him to come out and substantiate what he is saying. He should not have waited until when he was out of office to spill the beans,” the demonstrator added.

“We made for him a coffin to ‘bury’ him. This will make us forget about him as he is a disgrace to our community,” the demonstrators asserted.

The protesters were blocked before they got to Miguna’s home/COURTESY-STANDARD GROUP

In an interview with Capital FM News on Monday Miguna said that he would not be cowed by threats.

“If somebody wants to kill me they should come forward. Come baby, come! Bring it on, I’m game!” he bragged.

The former advisor has caused uproar on the revelations that he is privy to information that could show how some top ODM officials were aware of the events of the 2008 post-election violence that left 1,333 people dead and 350,000 displaced.

On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko directed the Police Commissioner to take statements from Miguna over the allegations.

The Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, Caroli Omondi, has already instructed his lawyer to file a case against Miguna for defamation.

In a letter to top city lawyer George Oraro, Omondi also wants action taken against the Nation Media Group for publishing allegations made by Miguna in his book.

Miguna Miguna left the country Monday night on a worldwide tour to promote his explosive new book, which reveals the intrigues and power games at the PM’s office where he worked until last year.

His first stop will be Canada where he stayed from 1997 until 2007 before he came back to the country as an advisor to Odinga.


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