“Mr Miguna, you will not intimidate me. I know you ... I know you are huge, but I’m not scared of you!” the publisher quotes Kivuitu as saying, while squaring up to the lawyer.
But in the book Miguna explains this response from the chairman was “completely gratuitous, since I was not trying to intimidate anybody; all I was trying to do was demand – very strongly – for the results to start being announced,” he notes.
The publisher highlights how Miguna was dismissed from his job.
From the excerpts, a sealed suspension letter marked ‘top secret’ was delivered to him 28 hours after the media started reporting its contents and that Miguna had never been served with particulars of the supposed ‘misconduct’ that led to his dismissal.
“I had been accused, disgraced, judged, and hanged without due process,” Miguna is quoted saying.
“Odinga has always billed himself as an ‘agent of change’ and as a ‘progressive leader’ who believes in the rule of law and constitutionalism. Yet here he was publicly humiliating his most senior personal advisor and friend,” the publisher highlights in the excerpts.
Miguna, a former student leader at the University of Nairobi, fled Kenya and went into asylum in Canada where he finished studies in law before returning home in 2007.
In the excerpts Miguna recounts his ordeal at the hands of Government operatives after he was arrested as a student leader, and which forced him to flee into exile.
“What followed can only be characterised as frenzied violence. As if thirsty for my blood, seven torturers jumped on me, kicking, punching and hollering. Some reached for my testicles and tried to squeeze and pull them as hard as they could while I writhed in pain. They mocked me, saying that a true revolutionary did not have to cry. “Remember Che! Eh? Remember Che?” one kept yelling,” reads one excerpt.
The book also delves back to tell the remarkable tale of Miguna’s early life, from humble origins, through privations and hardship, his university days, and his years as a lawyer overseas.
The publisher says Peeling Back The Mask pulls no punches, exposing corruption at the heart of power in the political system.