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Miguna's book spills Raila's secrets

By David Ohito | July 6th 2012

By David Ohito
Love him or hate him, Miguna Miguna is a man known for his rubble rousing mien.

The former adviser to Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Constitutional Affairs has made public some of the best kept secrets around his former master.

In some of the excerpts seen by The Standard Digital, Miguna who stirred fresh controversy last week when he publicly invited media to the launch of his new book Peeling Back the Mask: A quest for Justice in Kenya and named the Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga as the chief guest.

Moments later the CJ turned down the invite saying he could not preside the launch of a book he has neither seen nor read.

In one of the excerpts, Miguna Miguna recounts a meeting between President Kibaki and Raila at the height of differences of the presidential election.

The  500 page book has just released some of the excerpts ahead of next week's launch. Here are the excerpts:

On Raila 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 had never seen Raila cry before. We looked at each other, unable to move. No one was prepared 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...But there 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 formation of the grand coalition government following the signing of the National Accord and reconciliation agreement on February 28 2008.

By then he had attended various meetings and most had ended in stalemate or Raila's capitulation. Raila's debriefs...had become a routine in itself, with Raila repeating, "Kibaki can't accept this" or "Kibaki is insisting on that" Raila was not only crying he was sweating profusely.

The book is published by Gilgamesh Publishing Limited and is retailing at 24.95 pounds, (about Sh 3,300.)

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