Where are the libel suits? Miguna wonders

August 30, 2012 3:09 pm
Miguna Miguna has dared those who feel aggrieved by his book ‘Peeling Back the Mask’ to take him to court

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 30 – Miguna Miguna has dared those who feel aggrieved by his book ‘Peeling Back the Mask’ to take him to court instead of issuing empty threats.

In an Interview with Capital FM News, Miguna a former advisor to PM Raila Odinga said that he was yet to be served with notices of any suits despite indications by a number of individuals that they would sue him.

Miguna said: “Where are the notices? I have been in the country for two weeks and I haven’t been served. Even if I was not around they are able to serve me. Just because somebody says they are aggrieved it does not mean they are suing. Go hire your lawyers and I will defend myself. I do not need to hire a lawyer. If anybody thinks that is arrogance, so be it. I am not in this business of pleasing people; I am not a con man.”

In mid July Caroli Omondi, the Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s office, instructed his lawyer to institute a case against Miguna for allegedly defaming him in his book.

Omondi told his lawyer George Oraro, that he wanted action taken against the Nation Media Group for publishing allegations made by Miguna.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga through his legal affairs advisor Paul Mwangi, has already indicated that he will not sue his former advisor. The decision, he said, was based on the need to advance the emerging civil liberties as enshrined in the Constitution.

Nyakach MP Pollyins Ochieng Anyango has also stated his intent to sue Miguna over words used in the book insinuating that he earned his parliamentary seat unjustly as he is lazy.

The MP claims that the words used in the book against him were portraying him as being a person of no integrity and also with intellectual handicap.

Despite violent reception while he promoted his book in Kisumu and Mombasa Miguna insists that he will continue with his promotional tours.

“Who is a better salesman of the book than the author himself? For all authors that I am aware of including Ngugi wa Thiong’o, what they do all year long is go world over on speaking engagements promoting their books. I will market and sell my book; I do not have apologies over that,” he vowed.

Miguna, who refused to disclose his political plans, says that he aims to build stronger networks to dismantle the old order in politics.

He said that he had collected more material to write more books and that he may need to reconsider the sequencing of the books.

“By the time we finish this; all these vestiges of the old order will have retired,” he warned.

“The roadshow alone is a book; the attacks could be a book plus other books I was planning to publish and the surplus of the already published books. I just need time to collect my thoughts may be repair some of the bruises that have been inflicted on me by goons,” he added.

In politics, Miguna says that he aims to bring a level of honesty in discussing and debating issues, consistency, on issues affecting the people and efficiency in addressing issues.

According to Miguna, his book launched over a month and a half ago has sold over 10,000 copies.


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