, NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 18 – Police now say they will not compel Miguna Miguna to record a statement over claims he has made in his sensational book Peeling Back the Mask on evidence allegedly implicating several leaders over the 2008 post-election violence.
Deputy Police Spokesman Charles Wahong’o told journalists on Wednesday that forcing Miguna to record a statement will amount to compromising the investigation.
“He is free to speak as he did last week and his freedom is guaranteed. Those who feel wronged are free to seek justice in court,” Wahong’o said.
“You cannot coerce a witness to give a statement because if you do so it cannot be admissible as evidence in court.”
He however assured that investigators will speak to the former Prime Minister’s Advisor on Coalition Affairs once he is back in the country.
“We will be interested to speak to him even if he has recorded a statement with the International Criminal Court (ICC),” the police spokesman said.
Miguna left the country on Monday night, soon after Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko directed the police to grill him over claims in his book that he knew how the post election violence was planned after the disputed election of 2007.
When he launched his book Peeling Back the Mask in Nairobi at the weekend, Miguna told participants that he has a lot of evidence on several leaders in the country.
“They actually begged me to go back to office when they knew that I could spill the beans…I can take every leader to The Hague, they should actually kiss my feet,” Miguna said.
Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere has said that as much as they are seeking to record a statement from Miguna, he is only being treated as a witness and not as a suspect.
“He will record a statement when he comes. We could not get him because he left on the night we got instructions from the DPP,” Iteere said.
Miguna’s book has generated a political storm in the country, with some leaders and lobby groups demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister.
The controversial author sent a statement from Canada on Wednesday dismissing reports that he had fled the country to evade facing justice following legal suits his book has generated.
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 had exclusive rights of serializing the book.
The book paints a grim picture of the Prime Minister as a non reformer and a man who cannot be trusted in the management of public resources because he allegedly condones corruption.