A lawsuit isn’t something I run away from – Miguna

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MIGUNA MIGUNA

I wish to sincerely thank the more than 500 Kenyans and friends of Kenya of good will who attended my book launch on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi. Thanks to you, it was a splendid success!

Let me also express my gratitude to thousands of people, who have sent me short text messages, emails or telephoned me to encourage me and to express their unyielding support before and after the launch.

I am issuing this statement from Toronto, Canada, where my family and I have just arrived and hope to start enjoying a much-deserved and pre-planned summer holiday. Contrary to malicious reports in the media, my family and I booked our flights on May 24, 2012. I am not sure why some people are implying that I should have sought and obtained their permission before travelling abroad. No one has a right to my family privacy.

I am particularly disturbed by fake and false media reports that I had fled into exile. Some desperate political goons for hire have even claimed that I have ‘fled from justice.’ There have been suggestions that I have fled because of law suits and potential arrest. By the time I left Kenya, I had not been served with any legal notices or law suits. In any event, neither could have prevented me from travelling.

I have earned a living practicing law for more than 15 years. Therefore, a lawsuit isn’t something I run away from. Nor would I be scared of an incompetent, misguided and delusional political announcement to the media by the director of public prosecutions that I should record a statement with the Kenya Police. Keriako Tobiko has no mandate over the International Criminal Court. Instead of issuing threats to me – someone he considers a potential witness – the Witness Protection Act compels him to provide me with protection. Threatening me over the media is a clear breach. Consequently, I will treat his politically motivated statement with the contempt it deserves.

I boarded my flight at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on July 16, 2012, like any other passenger. Based on media reports, the Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, also left for China almost at the same time our flight departed. Was he also fleeing into exile?

My book, Peeling Back the Mask is a political memoir. It contains my life’s narrative. It explains my background, growth, maturity, experiences, reflections and thoughts. It attempts to record history. It also tries to unmask the culture of impunity that has bedevilled our country for more than fifty years.

For me, any debates, discussions and further reflections that result from the book’s publication can only deepen our thoughts, expand the democratic space, entrench the rule of law and help broaden good governance. That’s a good thing.

However, when I see ravenous mobs burn my effigy, bury a coffin symbolizing my death and threatening me, my immediate and extended family merely because I wrote a book that they perceive to be critical of their political deity even though, in all likelihood, they might not have read; it demonstrates a level of intolerance, ignorance and base loyalty to certain political personages in a manner that cannot be positive.

Chillingly, as my effigy and ‘coffin’ were being burnt and buried in a mock funeral in Nyando by Raila’s fanatics, the Prime Minister failed to see the need to restrain his supporters. He didn’t openly call for peaceful and reasoned debates as we would expect of someone claiming to be a statesman.

As a mob was holding my funeral procession, calling for my ‘deportation to Canada’, threatening my brother and his family, Raila’s intellectual groupies were unleashing a coordinated assault on my character and reputation through the media. False allegations are being dredged up in a desperate but futile attempt to bolster the ambitions and campaigns of a man whose quest for power has reached a dead end. But rather than conduct a searing self-evaluation, they want to hurl all the blame on me.

Raila Odinga is running for president. I am not. As a person who has occupied an exalted public position in our society for decades; one who has enjoyed immense privileges; and one who is seeking even more power and privileges; Raila Odinga must be audited, vetted and weighed thoroughly for his record in public life before he can be found to have satisfied the requirements for election. If he doesn’t like the audit, he must be prepared to cede ground and relinquish his political ambitions. There are no two ways around it. But he cannot intimidate, threaten or beat us into submission.

Two questions we need to ask Raila are these: (a) If his supporters and groupies can burn my effigy and mock coffin and attack me viciously in the era of the new constitution that guarantees me the right to express myself fully including in book form merely on account that I have written a book they dislike because it is critical of him; what are they capable of inflicting if Raila were to become president? (b) Are the rights Raila proudly claims he fought for only meant for his supporters and sycophants?

I wish to inform the country that when The Standard newspaper purportedly published an article titled “Miguna answers Sarah Elderkin” on or about July 17, 2012, I was in a jet somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean and couldn’t have been capable of accessing Sarah’s piece in the Daily Nation (which I have still not read, having just arrived in Toronto), and definitely didn’t have the time to write it.

It’s unfortunate that The Standard newspaper published a misleading and fake article and maliciously purported it to be mine. By this statement, I would like to put The Standard newspaper on notice that I shall take appropriate legal action against it for this false and clearly malicious publication.

Moreover, I don’t have the time, interest or the intention of arguing with Sarah over a book she has clearly not read. She answers herself at pages 496-498 of my book as well as in her article, “Keep It Real and Keep It Balanced” published in the May 19, 2011 issue of The Star newspaper in which she corroborated each and every claim I have made in Peeling Back the Mask.

Readers should be aware, nonetheless, that I have more than 50 emails from Sarah confirming the runway corruption in the Prime Minister’s Office. If I was like Sarah, I would have unleashed them in defence of myself. But I am not going to bore my readers with details of the rot of and around Raila Odinga because the whole country already knows the truth.

Let me also make it clear that I do not have a Facebook account, have never used that platform to communicate and have no intentions of doing so any time soon. Consequently, purported Facebook publications bearing my name should be ignored as mischievous.

I am scheduled back to Kenya on or about August 18, 2012, when my family holiday and publicity tour of my book ends. On arrival, I shall issue a comprehensive statement on some of the issues that have been raised in the media in recent days over my latest book and attendant political issues. Until then, I will enjoy my working holiday with my family.

Finally, let me say this: I will not be intimidated, threatened or shouted into silence by con-men, busy-bodies, hangers-on and political groupies.

The struggle against impunity will and must continue.

Thank you.
Dated July 17, 2012 at the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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  • Hassan

    I am scheduled back to Kenya on or about July 18, 2012, when my family
    holiday and publicity tour of my book ends. On arrival, I shall issue a
    comprehensive statement on some of the issues that have been raised in
    the media in recent days over my latest book and attendant political
    issues. Until then, I will enjoy my working holiday with my family.

    Check on the return date.

    • upuzi_tele

      It is you to buy new glasses to be able to read the dates properly. Where did you see July 18th?

    • mary

      round about 18th August. You must have edited your copy paste!!!

  • jimmy

    You such a desperate loser face the fire you started with courage

  • mary

    The thing is, weighty matters have been raised in that book, can they be investigated! It is only then we can brand Miguna Miguna a clown or a true concerned Kenyan.

    • Thanos

      I totally agree with you. I think people are concerned about the messenger and not the message which I believe need to be investigated. This part actually scared me

      “However, when I see ravenous mobs burn my effigy, bury a coffin symbolizing my death and threatening me, my immediate and extended family merely because I wrote a book that they perceive to be critical of their political deity even though, in all likelihood, they might not have read; it demonstrates a level of intolerance, ignorance and base loyalty to certain political personages in a manner that cannot be positive.”

  • TIPTIP

    We all go through difficulties in stages of life particularly those who come
    from humble background but Miguna could have narrated his tribulations
    better.The book is full of bitterness and embarrasses everybody else including his
    own family.It appears he has just lifted some materials from his diaries without
    due regard to his social life.The woman he claims to have been bearing children
    every year in his village could be his cousin and i find it insulting(Pregnancy
    takes 9 months) He is too bitter with the late uncle in Lambwe yet he forgets he needs
    to maintain good relations with his cousins.I feel he should have thought of his
    family when writing about kalongo longo in the village.This may be used as
    yardstick to judge the characters of his daughters or sons in a society
    sensitive of the past.He could have spared the names of his classmates who used
    to fat in class and added inspirations to his stories.His former classmates have
    image to protect.Despite education, the fellow has not graduated his village
    character.

  • Reaction on Miguna’s book, especially from Raila’s supporters, point to a very dangerous situation indeed. If you dont agree with someone, you are called all sorts of names! Surely, you are only confirming what we have been saying all along, that you are wearing fake reform stickers. And never forget all wicked names on our political landscape come from this same same lot! Infact, the intolerant bitterness exhibited makes people start thinking what would happen if ever, God forbid!, Raila became a president? Perhaps, this extremely violent marauding fellows would probably demand that constitution be amended to make Raila a life president! And if Raila and his goons are unable to face a little challenge from their own man, would they really embrace huge challenges presented by state? Guys you are disqualifying your man by aimlessly running riot! The country can NEVER be allowed to fall in to hands of awfully wicked violent lot. The fake reformers are attempting to become later day big men of Africa! Credentials of a presidential candidate with hyped pretentious feats has been fundemantally put in to question. But all we have are raw pugnacious abuses backed by nothing! This only goes along way to confirm firmly Miguna’s assertions that all the noise of being democrats or whatever, is just that – empty noise! Would real reformers with progressive ideas burn effigies anyway? Investing huge in malicious, vicious lies and wicked propaganda is sin pals and wages of sin is death! Is the political death long overdue?

  • Roving_Analyst

    “I boarded my flight at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on July 16, 2012, like any other passenger. Based on media reports, the Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, also left for China almost at the same time our flight departed. Was he also fleeing into exile?”
    It is these kind of nonsencal statements by MM that calls into question his intelligence.

  • upuzi_tele

    This guy is sick. I wonder why PNU fantics are so excited about his book. Miguna isn’t gonna be your saviour. Kenyans know who are corrupt and those who aren’t.

  • Kenyamoja

    “But he cannot intimidate, threaten or beat us into submission”. I can now see why the PM refused to level himself to the level of such a low man – low education, low self-esteem, low reasoning, low/poor judgement, low attitude towards others. He behaves as someone who never went to school despite having Masters Degree in Law from some University and wonder how he could behave if he went to real University like the Ivy League ones. This guy is a loser and wonder when he will ever change- same attitude in school, university and now work place, he needs counselling. Anyway let him enjoy his time in Canada as that is his right that doesnot help us. Next time he better start an airlift of students to Canada or find something constructive to do rather than wasting his time.

  • Subchicca

    This guy Hassan is just the Master!:) he’s my mech. and nobody else is allowed to touch my car,which minimizes problems

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