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Miguna's book on Raila to be launched in Kenya

By Digital Reporter | June 28th 2012

By Standard Digital Reporter

Love him or hate him Miguna Miguna remains as controversial as ever.  His much hyped book is finally off the press hot and hard hitting talking about his  secrets and spilling to the public his relations with Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Miguna Miguna, a former student leader who ran away from Kenya and went into asylum in Canada where he finished studies in law, returned home in 2007 but even in his first public employment and he lasted only a few years before parting ways with his boss.

Known for his outspoken approach, Miguna Miguna stirred the hornets’ nest when while serving as  advisor to Raila on constitutional and legal affairs was suspended in unclear circumstances that confounded friend and foe.

The book is set to be launched on Saturday July 14 at the Intercontinental hotel at 11am. The guest of honour will be Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga.

A promo of the book sent by the publisher Gilgamesh Publishing, says : “On August 4th 2011 the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, Raila Odinga, announced, through the local Kenyan media, that he had suspended Miguna Miguna indefinitely without pay as his senior adviser. “

“In his explosive new memoirs, Peeling Back the Mask, Miguna Miguna explains why he rejected the Prime Minister's subsequent offer of reinstatement and exposes Mr Odinga's lack-lustre leadership questioning his progressive credentials and claim that he is an agent of change,“ the note sent to newsrooms said.

The publisher argues, Peeling Back the Mask presents a true insider's account of the intrigues, discussions and power plays that have occurred in Kenya's corridors of power in 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 humble origins, through privations and hardship, his university days and his years as a practicing lawyer overseas. A heartwarmingly personal African story.

The man, Miguna Miguna served as a senior advisor for coalition, constitutional and legal affairs to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, Raila Amolo Odinga between March 2008 and August 2011.

He was also a joint secretary to the Permanent Committee on the Management of Grand Coalition Affairs.

The publishers background his history dating back to the era of student activism way back in the 1980s and his upbringing.

It recounts how Miguna Miguna in 1987, Miguna and five other Students' Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) officials were abducted, at gun point, detained and subjected to physical, mental and psychological torture.


Following his release without trial, Miguna Miguna fled to Tanzania, then Swaziland, before he was granted political asylum in Canada.

Miguna Miguna holds a BA degree from the University of Toronto and both an LLB and LLM degrees from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Canada.

He is a member of both the Ontario and Kenyan Bars and practised law for more than 13 years in Canada until his return to Kenya in 2007.


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