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Miguna Miguna book, Kenya, Miguna
Miguna Miguna book, Kenya, Miguna

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Published by: Dennis Itumbi on May 25, 2012
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Peeling Back the Mask
A Quest for Justice in Kenya
by Miguna MigunaOn August 4th 2011 the Prime Minister of the Republicof Kenya, Raila Odinga, announced, through the localKenyan media, that he had suspended Miguna Migunaindefinitely without pay as his senior adviser. In hisexplosive new memoirs,
 Peeling Back the Mask 
, MigunaMiguna explains why he rejected the Prime Minister'ssubsequent offer of reinstatement and exposes MrOdinga's lack-lustre leadership questioning hisprogressive credentials and claim that he is an agent of change.
 Peeling Back the Mask 
presents a true insider's account of the intrigues, discussions and power plays that haveoccurred in Kenya's corridors of power in recent years.Miguna depicts a cowardly leader lacking in personalintegrity and undeserving of the praise and attention of recent years.This is a must read for everyone interested in social justice and good governance in Africa.
 Peeling Back the Mask 
also delves back to tell the remarkable tale of Miguna's early life, from humbleorigins, through privations and hardship, his university days and his years as a practicing lawyer overseas. A heartwarmingly personal African story.Key Points:
The author is already exceedingly well known in Kenya where he is recognised for hisbrutal honesty and integrity against all odds
This unique account pulls no punches, exposing the corruption at the heart of powerin the Kenyan political system.
The author is engaging prominently in the debate as we come up to the Kenyanelections later in 2012, and also commentates on the high profile ICC trials.
Massive attention in online media in anticipation of publication.
Format: 238 x 164Binding: Hardback Extent:
£24.95Publication: 30th June 2012ISBN:978 1 908531 216
Author:Miguna Miguna served as a senior advisor for coalition, constitutional and legal affairsto the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, Raila Amolo Odinga between March2008 and August 2011. He was also a joint secretary to the Permanent Committee onthe Management of Grand Coalition Affairs. In 1987, Miguna and five other Students'Organization of Nairobi University officials were abducted, at gun point, detained andsubjected to physical, mental and psychological torture. Following his release withouttrial, Miguna fled to Tanzania, then Swaziland, before he was granted political asylumin Canada. He holds a BA degree from the University of Toronto and both an LLB andLLM degrees from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Canada. He is amember of both the Ontario and Kenyan Bars and practised law for more than 13 years in Canada until his return to Kenya in 2007.Publicity CampaignThe book will be launched in Kenya in the summer of 2012 with a subsequentinternational launch in London in October.Aside from bookshop signings and launch events in Nairobi and London, the author willbe giving interviews to print and broadcast media in both countries. Subsequentlaunches are to be staged in the US, Canada and South Africa.Extracts from
 Peeling Back the Mask 
are to be serialised in one of the major Kenyannewspapers, yet to be disclosed.-------------For further information, or to arrange an interview,please contact:
orEmma O'Bryen
Max ScottPublicity
tel: +44 7753745252marketing@gilgamesh-publishing.co.uk 
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.”
On the
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

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