NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 17 – Police were Tuesday deployed to look for controversial author Miguna Miguna at his home in Nairobi, but were unable to locate him.
The armed officers went to Miguna’s home in Runda and made inquiries before they left.
“Five officers were sent to the home but they did not find him,” a senior officer involved in the search told Capital FM News. “They were told he was not in.”
Police said they had also been informed that he had already left the country. Capital FM News independently established that Miguna left the country on Monday night (SEE related story) for a worldwide tour to promote his book ‘Peeling Back the Mask.’
“That is the information that we have also received but we are yet to confirm,” he said. “Our instructions are to have him record a statement over claims made in his book about several crimes committed here in the country.”
On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko directed the Police Commissioner to open an investigation into allegations made by Miguna over the 2008 post-election violence.
Tobiko further indicated that Miguna could face charges if it was established that he withheld crucial information about those behind the deadly violence.
He said the law requires the former advisor to Prime Minister Raila Odinga or any other Kenyan with evidence on a crime to record a statement immediately with the police.
“There is an offence in our law called accessory after the facts. Miguna Miguna exposes himself potentially to charges of being an accessory after the facts,” he asserted.
According to the DPP, Miguna is obligated to record a statement with the police if he has evidence on the post-election violence as he alleges.
He said his office was looking at the allegations made by Miguna and will in due course make a response on the action to be taken.
Miguna on Saturday launched his sensational book ‘Peeling Back the Mask’ and has given wide ranging interviews in which he has made grave allegations against the PM and his close associates.
“Soon after I get the full texts of what he is alleged to have said, I will be able to issue appropriate directives to the Commissioner of Police,” the DPP said.
Tobiko expressed concerns that it took Miguna four years to disclose evidence concerning the violence that followed the disputed presidential election of 2007.
“If he has evidence to implicate any person, he has an obligation in law to report to the police. It is his duty. In fact, the law requires every Kenyan who has evidence (to disclose it).
Miguna has claimed that he has incriminating evidence against top government officials on their role during the violence.
During the launch of his book on Saturday, he said: “Every single leader here, I can take to The Hague. I have it right here. And I am saying come baby come… when I decide in a 500-page book not to say what the Orange Democratic Movement did in the PEV, they should take me, kneel before me and kiss my feet. That is how angry I am when I see some people running around like idiots.”
Earlier, Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara asked the office of the DPP to investigate Miguna over his claims about PEV which he has vowed to disclose in his next publication.
Two days after daring those angered by his publication to move to court, Odinga’s Chief of Staff Caroli Omondi became the first to ask his lawyers to take legal action against Miguna, publishers of his book and the Nation Media Group which has been publishing excerpts of his book.