Selected excerpts from Peeling Back the MaskOn leaving Canada:
“ I stood in front of the bathroom mirror and examined myself carefully. The man thatstared back at me wasn’t the same person who had arrived in Toronto as a frightened young political refugee from Africa almost 20 years earlier, on June 25, 1988."
On Raila's betrayal:
“The sealed suspension letter, marked ‘top secret’ was delivered to me 28 hours after themedia started reporting its contents. Media reports alleged that I had been suspendedfor “misconduct”. Yet I have never been given any particulars of this supposed“misconduct”.In other words, I had been accused, disgraced, judged and hanged without dueprocess. And by Odinga, a man who had served eight years of detention without trialunder Moi’s repressive regime. Odinga has always billed himself as an ‘agent of change’and as a ‘progressive leader’ who believes in the rule of law and constitutionalism. Yethere he was publicly humiliating his most senior personal adviser and friend. A friendwho had supported his ambitions to become president of Kenya, stood by him loyally athis darkest hour in December 2007 after President Kibaki had stolen his presidential victory and had worked tirelessly for
him ever since. Why had he treated me this way?What had I done? But even more importantly, had Odinga exposed himself as a manwho couldn’t be trusted with power? Was Odinga a true democrat and ‘reformer’ as hehad for decades claimed?"
On his arrest as a student leader, which led to him ﬂeeing into exile:
“What followed can only be characterised as frenzied violence. As if thirsty for myblood, seven torturers jumped on me, kicking, punching and hollering. Some reached formy testicles and tried to squeeze and pull them as hard as they could while I writhed inpain. They mocked me, saying that a true revolutionary did not have to cry. “RememberChe! Eh? Remember Che?” one kept yelling.”
night of the disputed 2007 general election results:
“Things had deteriorated to a point where sections of the media (both local andforeign), observers (both local and international), politicians from all sides, and ODMand PNU youth were baying at each other; ready for a grand ﬁnale.“Kibaki and his PNU thieves will not intimidate us with his heavily armed securityforces!” I shouted, as I approached the front of the hall.“Mr. Miguna; you will not intimidate me. I know you...I know you are huge, but I’mnot scared of you!” responded the ECK Chairman, Samuel Kivuitu. The response wascompletely gratuitous, since I was not trying to intimidate anybody; all I was trying to dowas demand - very strongly - for the results to start being announced.”
On Odinga and Kibaki's relationship:
“Eeeeh...eehhhh..eiiii...Please save me from Kibaki! Eeeeeh..eiiiii...Please don’t let mego back to that man...I don’t want to go back to Kibaki! Eeeeh...eiii...Please save mefrom Kibaki!” Raila broke down and cried, torrents of tears ﬂowing freely down hischeeks. He was shaking uncontrollably.It was about 3:30pm on April 6, 2008. Everyone in the room was stunned. They hadnever seen Raila cry before. We looked at each other, unable to move. No one wasprepared for this heart-wrenching scene. I guess we had assumed that Raila was‘superhuman’. He had a larger-than-life image in the consciousness of Kenyans...Butthere he was, someone we all held in awe, wailing uncontrollably in front of everyone...Raila had just returned from a face-to-face meeting with Kibaki over the