Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s aide Miguna Miguna has endorsed Jubilee coalition leader Uhuru Kenyatta for the presidency.
Mr Miguna said although Mr Kenyatta’s coalition was not the “cleanest,” it is less tainted than Mr Odinga’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) and that it had the biggest chance of winning the March 4 General Election.
Speaking when he launched his new book, Kidneys for the King: De-forming the Status Quo in Kenya, Mr Miguna said: “I’m going to back Uhuru Kenyatta on this campaign. I want Uhuru to give Odinga a thrashing.”
Mr Miguna said Mr Kenyatta should not be blamed for land grabbing by his father and that the only dot in his career is the typographical error in the national budget when he was Finance Minister.
He said it is also wrong for people to criticise Mr Kenyatta for being a Kikuyu. He said his (Miguna’s) previous attacks on Mr Kenyatta “was because I was supporting Raila”.
“Kenyatta’s father was a thief. He stole land but since when do children choose their father. Raila should deal with his father,” Mr Miguna said.
But referring to his book, however, Mr Miguna said if he were Mr Kenyatta or former Eldoret North MP William Ruto who are facing crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court he would not have vied for the presidency.
“But Uhuru Kenyatta is entitled to make his own decision,” he said.
He said his conversations with foreign diplomats indicated the country could face sanctions and trade repercussions if Jubilee wins.
He said the United Nations Environment Programme headquarters at Gigiri could also be moved. He said although the envoys did not say the countries would also pull out their ambassadors and cut diplomatic ties, “they could.”
Mr Miguna said he had told ICC prosecutors he had more evidence that could implicate Mr Odinga in the 2007 post-election violence but they said they were only interested on evidence touching on the four Kenyans accused of the crimes.
He said Mr Odinga who was the ODM presidential candidate in 2007 and President Kibaki who was Commander in-Chief of the Defence Forces should have been charged at The Hague.
He said ICC should have looked at the ODM top leaders meeting chaired by Mr Odinga concerning the chaos.
Mr Miguna said Mr Odinga got the Kisumu Molasses plant free of charge from the Moi regime and that he was surrounded by corrupt individuals.
He said the best President would have been Safina’s Paul Muite but the former Kabete MP lacked the numbers to ascend to the presidency.
Mr Miguna said Mr Muite should also clear the air on accusations that he received Sh20 million from Goldenberg scandal architect Kamlesh Pattni.
Mr Miguna said he could not support Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua as he believed the former Justice Minister assisted President Kibaki in rigging the 2007 polls.
He said Eagle’s Peter Kenneth is a committed individual with a good track record “but cannot win”.
Mr Miguna said Mr Odinga is not fit to be the country’s President “although at some time he was qualified”.
“He has betrayed all his friends who sacrificed a lot for him. He will be lucky to get 25 per cent of the votes,” Mr Miguna said.
Kidneys for the King brings into focus the controversies, missteps and missed opportunities during the constitutional review process as well as what the author perceives as deliberate efforts by the merchants of impunity to subvert the Constitution.
Miguna Miguna is back with yet another book that hits the bookstores this weekend. Like expected he is bold, curt and launches another stinging attack on Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Here are the excerpts:
“Later, however, as I met the investigators in Nairobi when the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, visited Kenya in October 2012, they suddenly showed no interest “in evidence that will not help us nail the four accused persons”. They weren’t interested in any evidence against Prime Minister Raila Odinga. It was quite clear to me that a decision had been made (somewhere) to extend immunity to the two coalition partners. Yet I knew that under the Rome Statute, no one—not even a sitting president like al-Bashir of Sudan, was entitled to immunity. “Why are the rules being bent in the Kenyan case,” I asked myself…”(…)
In Chapter six entitled the ‘Nettle sting’ he recounts the academic journey of his former boss Raila saying: “Rayila was expelled in grade six, two years before he could sit for his KAPE. Only those who passed KAPE could proceed to secondary school. Those who passed competitive examinations in secondary school could proceed to high school. And it was only successful high school graduates who would proceed to colleges and universities. It’s unclear from Badejo’s book, the story Rayila told me, and the information in his resume if Rayila did and passed the Competitive Entrance Examination (CEE), which was done in grade four before a pupil could proceed from primary to intermediate level. Needless to say, by the time Rayila left Kenya for the GDR, he hadn’t completed intermediate school and wasn’t qualified to proceed to high school. This begs the question: how did Rayila proceed to high school in the GDR?
“IT IS NOT A CRIME to be wealthy”, Rayila declares in Badejo’s book. “We should encourage that under a free enterprise system. The problem arises when people use office to accumulate”, he added.
“ That’s a classical refrain from many people in Kenya who cannot convincingly explain the sources of their fabulous wealth.
“Rayila had given that “explanation” on the Kenya Television Network (KTN) on November 21, 2002. Badejo quoted it with approval at page 280 of his book on Rayila. On a quick reading, we might not have any serious problems with that statement. Rayila probably meant that acquiring wealth irregularly while holding public office is a crime. Yes, it is. However, the real elephant in the room is how Rayila Odinga himself acquired his billions in the past twenty years…”(…)
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After hue and cry that dogged his first book Peeling Back the Mask: A quest for Justice in Kenya, Miguna Miguna is back with yet another title set to roll off the press and will be unveiled in Nairobi in three weeks time.
Miguna’s new book is titled Kidneys for the King and is coloured Orange like the party he worked for ages before falling out with the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and later parted ways after serving as the coalition adviser on Constitutional Affairs.
“My new book is set to be released and launched on Saturday February 16, 2013 at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi. I hope you like it.” Miguna said in a statement to the media.
Miguna at one time expressed interest in running for political office and appeared on TV shows bringing together aspirants for the Nairobi County Gubernatorial seat. He has since remained quiet and it is not clear if he is still in the race for elective leadership.
His First book Peeling Back the Mask was received with mixed feelings with some people backing him while others were angered by his attacks at Raila forcing him to cut short some of his launch functions.
The author has circulated the front cover of the book but it is not clear the subject of his literary works but your guess is as good as mine.