Why I’m not celebrating Miguna’s exit

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MOSES KURIA

Since the dramatic suspension of my fellow columnist Miguna Miguna, the Prime Minister’s advisor on coalition affairs, I have been prodded by friends, analysts and commentators to declare whether I was taking a victory lap.

This, ostensibly is as a result of the long running political combats and run-ins that I have had with Miguna over the last couple of years. Whilst for the undiscerning it may appear to be a déjà vu of sorts, beyond the din of celebrations from the long list of victims of Miguna’s reign of terror lies disturbing facts that calls for serious retrospection.

Firstly, it is imperative to note that Miguna has never acted alone. In the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Miguna not only had a boss but also an ideological mentor. I have argued in this column before that Miguna is actually a younger version of Raila Odinga.

This largely informs why the Prime Minister has watched with glee as we lost count of the victims of Miguna’s nihilism. I recall with maximum respect the gallant fight that Miguna put up on behalf of the Prime Minister for a parliamentary system of government in the run-up to the enactment of a new constitution. On behalf of the Prime Minister, Miguna took no prisoners in the dealings with President Kibaki’s side on the management of the Grand Coalition Government (GCG).

So valuable was Miguna to his boss and ideological mentor that the Prime Minister has responded with gnawing and deafening silence to every complaint we have made on his younger version. Thanks to the new constitution that provides for dual citizenship, Miguna can now enjoy his dual Kenyan and Canadian nationalities.

This does not obliterate the undeniable fact that Miguna was holding dual citizenship illegally before 27th August, 2010. The Prime Minister did not take action on this despite my letter to him on the same, neither did he act on at least three other complaints that I publicly raised on the conduct of Miguna.

Which then begs for the question of why my brother Miguna has been shown the door now. On 30th December, 2009, Naivasha MP John Mututho and I raised the red flag on the appointment of one Gideon Ochanda and Major James Oswago to key executive positions in the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC).

Ochanda was a candidate in the ODM primaries in Bondo in 2007 while Major Oswago was a key political actor in Rarieda in 2002 and as such their appointments to IIEC were highly inappropriate.

Whereas IIEC took swift action rescinding Ochanda’s appointment, Major Oswago somehow survived. Since then, there have been frantic efforts from some quarters to ensure that Major Oswago gets an automatic transition to head the Interim Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

I have written in this column before that the aborted efforts to protect Ababu Namwamba as the chair of the Legal Affairs Committee in Parliament was a strategy to ensure Oswago’s smooth transition to the IEBC. When this failed, the clamour to discredit the IIEC commissioners was the last kitchen sink that the KPU wing of ODM could resort to. To the best of my knowledge, this was a corporate project for the KPU wing of ODM and that is why I feel totally aggrieved that when the plot back-fired, my comrade Miguna Miguna has been turned into a sacrificial lamb alone.  Shame!

The sheer sadism that has been employed to throw Miguna out of office provides, yet again, a sneak preview of how a Raila presidency would look like. One of the victims of Miguna’s political barbarism, Daniel arap Moi must have been proud to see the return of firing public servants through media announcements.

Withdrawing Miguna’s security when he was away in an ODM retreat in Naivasha and with his innocent kids at home and terrified must have been borrowed from the Gestapo tactics in East Germany during old schooling days. Firing Miguna’s administrative staff for the presumed sins of their boss must have been a script from the radical change that we were promised in 2007.

Something in my conscience tells me that it is not enough to commiserate with Comrade Miguna. You can fault Miguna for anything but not his commitment to democracy in this country.

Conventional wisdom has it that he created quite a few enemies for standing up against corruption in the Office of the Prime Minister right from the days of the maize scandal. With the suspension of Miguna, a latter day John Githongo may be in the making.

There is no denying that Miguna is an intellectual genius, one of the best legal brains in this country, but then he happens to be socially autistic that explains why he gets into trouble with so many people. But then none of us can claim to be perfect.

That is why I have no qualms offering Miguna a job at the Party of National Unity. After all, he preceded me as the Treasurer of Students Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) by five years.

If I receive an application from Comrade Miguna that will be no more than two pages and in Times New Roman Font size 12, I may just consider it. After all, what are friends there for?

The author is the spokesman of the Party of National Unity. The views expressed herein are his own.

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  • LMAO

    LMAO

    • ODM concerned faithful

      Nationalism as well as patriotism governing our country ideals have long been forgotten,if this spokemen could use the same vigour in providing solutions to the parties who pay the piper n feed them as well in solving the myriad problems these country faces,surely we shall wake up n say….i am struggling to be a kenyan.

      liverpoolian

       

  • mimi

    hahahaha smart ass Mjomba Kuria, for once you have spoken!!!

  • Msema Mkweli

    mkweli;
    Kuria’s article very ineresting, but one must not forget he is perpetuating the usual business which earns him a living; and that is to discredit Raila Odinga. Icome from central and total dislike the phobia about Raila that is exercised by many who should know better.however some will be in for a rude shock once they see just how many votes he can amass without their support

    • Martoem

      Hata mimi i come from Nyanza, and i do not support Raila’s antics of double speak. His latest attempt to woe the Gema community are all bound to fail, his continued verbal diarrhoea on how he does not “hate” kikuyu is a constant reminder on his 2007 call, 41 aganist 1. The 2007/08 post election victims who were displaced simply because their names did not match those of the neighbours will find it hard not to express their fear for this guy. I know of Kikuyus who voted for RAO and were still displaced. Am sorry, but RAO will not get that support that he craves for from central.

  • uhondo

    Hii ni tongue in cheek… times new roman…? he he he… you are a good friend… Miguna new spokesman for PNU… si that will be the day!

  • Jmunuthi

    Its personal! and the cheek at the last paragraph. You are next dont gloat in this

  • This is hullabaloo about nothing; people fail to see Raila at his best playing diversionary tactics to hoodwink his perceive enemies. After 3 months Miguna Miguna will be back as Raila attack dog. This smoke alarm was to confuse those people attacking Raila after they discovered he had a hand in discrediting the IIEC.

  • David keen

    Even before this artical, one thing already in the open was that there has been a collaboration between the office of PM  through Miguna and CEO of IIEC to discredit the chair of IIEC and influence who will lead the org.Through thick and thin, RAO is using all in his political arsenal good and bad  to win next year’s election.Let miguna continue with his job since the damage to the office of PM is already done

  • collins

    Kuria must justify after all why he is paid. I cant read substance in the whole literature save for what he thinks. As a spokesman am shocked he was reminded and prompted to respond. My opinion…. shameful performance.

  • Gkimando

    Am surprised you did not see it coming this way. It has nothing to do with Miguna’s misdeeds; just a diversionary tactic by Raila to deflect the attention from him that he was the hand that was destabilizing the IIEC. So when Hassan and team came out with guns blazing, Raila had no option to play the ‘misled’ king and sacrifice one of his own to perpetuate himself. My honest opinion: here we have someone worse than Moi in dictatorial tendencies.

  • Osiemo

    Just another confirmation of what some of us have been prophesying all along.

    And that is that Raila Amollo Odinga Son of Adonijah a.k.a. Sanamu alias Jakom will NEVER be the President of Kenya. N-E-V-E-R. You can take that to the bank.

    Poll ratings at 30% and still plummeting. He can be governor in Luo Nyanza since they worship him so much.

    • Barazadavid

      Is not a must for MM to advice Raila. Is it not Raila who asked Miguna to come and Advice him on coalition matters? He Raila feels MM should go, that is his decision. It is am embodiment of ignorance of the highest order to learn that MM did not know he would go this way. Never underrate any person including Raila. You may find yourself under his leadership and you will have a problem accepting this and end up hanging by your words.

  • Miguna has lost the Battle.Do not dance your victory jig just yet.Be very wary of disgruntled reformists,when he comes back,there will be hell to pay.And he will come back Mr Kuria,stay assured of that.

  • Mazzdark

    Ati “Why I’m Not Celebrating Miguna’s exit” and then you proceed to blow hot air and dance a jig, bure kabisa.

  • Kinyua mwithia

    Kuria, being another ”spokesman’, whatever that means, just confirmed my worst fears; that you have never and never will get this right. Celebrating the unfortunate misfortunes of ‘your brother’ smacks of evil heart/roho mbaya. No wonder you are representing a Party of National Unity where unity is a foreign word

  • lookwhoistalking

    PNU!!!!!!! whatever that is? Mr. Kuria is the spokeman and who the leader of PNU…Kibaki, Uhuru, Saitoti, Kalonzo, just what is this PNU thing? Political conmanship…Bure Kabisaa.

  • Arap Kibaki881

    Moses, greate article. U may remember, Bethwell Kiplangat had just arrived at JKIA from Madagascar where he had buried his mother-in-law, only to be told that Moi had fired him. Many had similar experiences. So, in this day, to have Raila fire someone via media with no respect of informing him or asking him to resign.. then having Raila’s cousin (Midiwo) give unfounded justification for the suspension is just worse than Moi era. Raila likes 2 groups of people: yes men and his relatives. If ur independent thinker like Orengo and Miguna, watch ur back. Just ask Omigo, Ruto, et al.  U wonder what his presidency would be like!

  • Bajorowu

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  • joe

    Moses Kuria, the best lines that I have read from you is to acknowledge that Miguna Miguna has a better brain than you do.

    Otherwise being a PNU mole, we don´t expect to read any honesty between your lines let alone credibility. That Miguna Miguna is a younger version of Raila Odinga is utter nonsense and not well substantiated. I mean, there were many people with diverse opinions when we were drafting our constitution. Raila Odinga favoured a parliamentary system because of the democratic vibrancy that comes with it…there were fellows who admired the “ante-status quo” masquerading as reformers..The document which was later approved is actually more of a Parlimentary than the Presidential system..

    Your article, though you said it indirectly, insinuates that the likes of you are the winners over the suspension of Mr. Miguna Miguna which clearly has nothing to do with your allegations about him. Kenyans are intelligent than how you rate them, Mr. Kuria.

    Last but not the least, I believe you can perfom better than this particular article, Moses.

  • Makoduor

    opportunist who take any credit available to discredit his enemy

  • Anonymous

    Double spaced!

  • Latonesha

    Moses, it is said ‘Ukiona mwenzako ananyolewa nywele, chako kiweke maji”. You will be next to be shown the door. Stop shedding crocodile tears mourning the departure of MM!

  • Chege800

    it was ruto and now miguna let wait n see how he will make it

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