Miguna Miguna is back!. This comes well over four years since he was forcefully deported from the country by the previous regime. He was deported after swearing in former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as the people’s president in the much-disputed general elections of 2017. in March 2018 he was forcefully held at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport overnight and then deported to Dubai. This is despite the high court ruling that deportation was illegal. The then Cabinet secretary for interior Fred Matiang’I and Head of Police Joseph Boinett were even fined by Justice George Odunga of the High Court. The barrister’s controversies have shadowed his private life which is impressive, to say the least.
Miguna miguna the family man.
The 2017 Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant has been involved in serious relationships twice. The first was with Tracy Wynter with whom they have his first child Atieno . The relationship however had to be dissolved over personal disagreements. After which he fell in love with his current wife Jane with whom they have three children. Jane is Kenyan born and hails from Kakrao location in Migori County. The Toronto based lawyer has always lamented about being denied the chance to attend his father-in-law’s funeral during his time in exile.
He is a practicing lawyer and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1995. As per his LinkedIn profile,https://www.linkedin.com/in/miguna-miguna-5b50911b2/?originalSubdomain=ca,Miguna is a managing partner at KMM lawyers which is a reputable law firm in Toronto Canada. He founded the law firm with his classmate at Osgoode Hall Law School, Courtney Kazembe.
After being suspended from the ODM party on measures of gross misconduct in 2009, Miguna wrote the much-controversial book, “Peeling Back The Mask”. The book is part memoir and part autobiography. The autobiography part follows the life of Miguna from when he was born in 1962 in Magina Village in Kisumu County. He narrates how his life was always marred with one controversy after another which is to be expected of the self-proclaimed freedom fighter.
He recounts his times at Njiiru High School and then later at the University of Nairobi where he served as a student leader. It was during his time at the University that he was forced into exile for criticizing the totalitarian regime of the late President Daniel Arap Moi. That’s how he was granted asylum in Canada through Tanzania.
While in Canada he took a course in Political science at the University of Ontario. He later studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He also has a law Masters degree.
The memoir part follows his experiences serving as an advisor to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga before and after the chaotic general elections of 2007. The title is symbolic of Miguna’s intention to reveal whatever was going on behind the curtains. He paints the former prime Minister as a coward and an “overrated” politician. He also narrates his exploits in negotiating for the grand coalition government and the drafting of the 2010 constitution.
The book is worth a read and will leave you questioning the establishment of the Kenyan political system. But you may also laugh about when Miguna almost drowned in a river in a near-death experience.
What next For Miguna?
Azimio leader Raila Odinga may not be active politically after his loss in the August 9th General elections. If that is so then Kenya has no outright opposition leader and that’s what Miguna does best. As much as President William Ruto is to be appreciated for lifting the red lights imposed on Miguna by the previous regime, he should expect criticism from the firebrand lawyer. Miguna has never steered from political controversy. He is not the one to keep quiet and watch things go wrong. That is not expected to change.
But that’s not the only void left by Mr. Odinga. There is hustle and bustle in the Luo Nyanza political scene to find the heir as the community kingpin. Miguna is in a pole position with other politicians to inherit the former premier if he plays his cards well.
Miguna is not a stranger to politics either. He has previously contested the Nyando parliamentary seat and the Nairobi gubernatorial position though unsuccessfully in both. The failures to clinch this position however are based on political alienation (or non-alienation) and not necessarily voters not liking him. This is the best time for Miguna to prepare for the 2027 general elections.
But who knows? Maybe a position may be vacant before then.
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