Miguna Miguna lands at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this evening to face two libel actions, possibly the Kenya police and a host of questions.
“In view of the malicious report that I had fled into exile”, Miguna said in a press statement, “I wish to announce that my return flight is scheduled to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on August 16, at about 8pm”.
47 COUNTY BOOK TOUR
Miguna has, according to him, been in Canada launching ‘Peeling Back the Mask’ and now plans to embark on a 47-county tour of Kenya to promote his book and “engage Kenyans on the most burning issues of the day”.
WILL MIGUNA MIGUNA BE HELD FOR QUESTIONING?
It is not known whether the Kenyan police will be waiting for him at the airport but prior to his departure to Canada the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered the police to record a statement from Miguna Miguna over his allegation that Raila Odinga was involved in the post-election violence that followed the 2007 election in Kenya.
ODINGA’S CHIEF OF STAFF – LIBEL ACTION
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Chief of Staff, Caroli Omondi, who was adversely mentioned in ‘Peeling Back the Mask’ has announced that he is to sue both Miguna Miguna and The Daily Nation (who serialised the book) for defamation. This was reported in The Starnewspaper but oddly not in The Daily Nation…
MP TO SUE MIGUNA AND PUBLISHER?
Depending which press report you believe, Nyakach MP Pollyins Ochieng is also going to sue Miguna and the book’s publishers Gilgamesh for defamation (The Standard), or ‘has been given more time to serve suit papers’ (The Daily Nation).
“The insinuation of Mr Miguna’s book is that the MP [Ochieng] is a lazy and uninspiring politician who unjustly earned himself a place in Parliament”, said Anthony Olouch, Ochieng’s lawyer.
This could all get very messy, says the Kenya Forum, and not just for Miguna Miguna. If he is arraigned in court what are the chances that Miguna will call witnesses such as Sarah Elderkin, free-lance journalist and Raila aide, to give testimony in his defence!
Watch this space… there’ll be on this subject over the next few days no doubt.