Q: Are you Grigori Rasputin, the â€œevil geniusâ€ who always bites the finger that feeds him?
A: How would I have survived and succeeded to get an education, became a lawyer in a foreign land where Africans are less than one per cent of the population and practiced law for more than eighteen years if I had done that? Thatâ€™s a lie being peddled by desperate people.
To survive in North America as an African and a black man for that matter who had no godfather; to have started a law firm and prospered â€“ yes thatâ€™s what I did – for more than 10 years there, required much more than what my enemies would want to acknowledge.
I not only had a successful law firm and built my own home in Ontario; my wife and I were also raising a vibrant young family before we relocated to Kenya. And to rise to the level of a senior adviser to the Prime Minister entailed not just having academic and professional competencies; it also implied both emotional and psychological maturity. Remember that I grew up an orphan.
My father died before I was born. My mother was a peasant who used her bare hands to dig her gardens. These are not successes one would have achieved if one bit the fingers of those that fed him.By all accounts, I am a successful man. I live in Runda for Godâ€™s sake. If I bit the hands of those who fed me I would have been a failure and I would not live here.
I donâ€™t live here because of Raila Odinga; neither do I live here on mortgage or courtesy of corruption or funding by some ubiquitous agency like Odinga would like people to believe. I built my house before I returned to Kenya in 2007! Do you see auctioneers out there waiting to pounce on me?
Secondly, people like Jakoyo Midiwo managed to go abroad for further education courtesy of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. He lived in New York for more than ten years driving taxis. He later returned to Kenya without anything to show for having lived in the US for more than a decade. Without his blood relationship to the Odingas, he would be a total failure. Yet he behaves as if he is Einstein!
Third, there is no one in Kenya who bites the hands that feed him more than Raila Odinga. Kenyans must remember his dramatic fallout with Michael Wamalwa Kijana; how the cooperation and merge between his NDP and Kanu ended up; how his coalition with Mwai Kibaki ended in 2002-2005; how rocky the coalition he had with Kibaki after the 2007 elections was; and how his relationship with Najib Balala, Musalia Mudavadi and William Ruto ended most recently.
“Secondly, people like Jakoyo Midiwo managed to go abroad for further education courtesy of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. He lived in New York for more than ten years driving taxis. He later returned to Kenya without anything to show for having lived in the US for more than a decade. Without his blood relationship to the Odingas, he would be a total failure. Yet he behaves as if he is Einstein!
I can go on. Yet, no one has ever suggested that because of his dubious record, Mr. Odinga does not deserve to be gainfully employed or to continue pursuing his ambition of becoming president one day. For me, Iâ€™ve only disagreed with Raila.
Why then the big adjectives being hurled at me? Do you see the double standards? In other words, your question assumes that Raila can disagree with everyone and it is OK but Miguna cannot disagree with one man called Raila Odinga. Why is that fair and reasonable?
Cheered by his friend Onyango Oloo, Miguna Miguna tore into Raila Odinga,his new book and his record while in government, renewing the rivalry between the former allies.
Adapted from an interview with Miguna Miguna onÂ Jukwaa.com