By Rashid Wanjala
I just read the disgustful works of bitterness that appeared in this weekendâ€™s issue of the Star. And while reading the comments, it was evident how a faded and hated writer Miguna has become.
Thereâ€™s no doubt that the man who many found to warrant psychiatric attention when he did the propaganda gutter piece peeling back the mask will continue to get worse unless he seeks that attention now that his symptoms continue to persist.
Miguna while trying to draw parallels between Railaâ€™s 1b complex that is currently undergoing final touches at Riat Hills in Kisumu sounded consumed with jealousy or what Kikuyus call Kiwaru or maybe what Waswahili call pilipili asiyoila when he tried to desperately compare Railaâ€™s philanthropic jewel with the Nkandla built by South Africaâ€™s president Jacob Zuma.
Miguna, in a nationally circulating, authoritative and well respected newspaper The Star claimed that 1 billion Shillings= US $300m. Its surprising that a BA, LLB, LLM would fail to get a simple math correctly. Like converting 1 billion shillings into dollars. Or maybe he doesnâ€™t know how many zeros 1 billion has.
I gave Miguna the benefit of doubt hoping that maybe he used the Canadian dollar conversion. His $300 m gave me KSh23.5b, not Sh 1 billion. Then I calculated using the US $, with the hope that $300m would amount to Sh1 b and the conversion gave me US$300m= KSh 26b.
Then I asked myself, could Miguna have used a calculator with the $ set to the Zimbambwean dollar?
Donâ€™t even talk about that coz KSh 1 billion was too much Zimbambwean dollar for the currency converter App to handle. It gave me an error result.
And so in this age of Apps Miguna didnâ€™t even have to use his distorted brain, which appears to round off to nearest 10, and then add another zero. No. He should leave the counting of cash to those who are blessed with â€œnotesâ€.
Migunaâ€™s are gutter writings by a man who exaggerates facts to prey on innocent and average educated Kenyan minds. But they have now come of age, and his trust and credibility is out of the window. Because the comments I see in his articles are abuses that poke holes into his credibility. His articles no longer go viral as they used to. He has become a regular columnist who would go hungry were Raila to drop dead today. Because the Raila name is his cash cow that he is using to either stay relevant or mint cash. Migunaâ€™s is an delusional obsession of jealous type. But someone said the more you try to bring a man down the more God lifts that person. And thatâ€™s whatâ€™s happening here. Miguna dedicated a column to discuss Railaâ€™s prosperity. And Allah will keep Miguna alive to see and experience Railaâ€™s further and higher uplifting to prosperity. He suffered for this country, has even been denied retirement perks, but Allah has found a way to reward him greater perks, all without a sweat. Perks that hit headlines, and keep Miguna busy in jealousy.
Its also noteworthy that Miguna Miguna after failing to hit the jackpot as he expected with the Peeling back the Mask and Kidney for The Kings, is now desperate to remain relevant, at a time when the man he is talking about is on vacation in Boston at a Presidential villa reserved for former Presidents who are distinguished and did exemplary work. A villa that would have to be exorcised of spirits were Uhuru Kenyatta or William Ruto or Ugandaâ€™s Museveni or even Miguna himself to enter.
Railaâ€™s 3 month stay in Boston, Mass. is a heaven on earth experience reserved for the select few who lived a good life on the throne. Thise that got a taste of power without being consumed by it.
Miguna is frustrated that even after writing manuscripts in the thousands of pages to besmirch the character of Raila Odinga, he continues to thrive not just in Kenya as evidenced by his 1 billion prestigious architectural marvel at Riat Hills that overlooks Lake Victoria in Kisumu butthat his global stature continues to expand.
To help Miguna work out 1 billion, it is about USD 12.5m, a modest amount compared to the George W. Bush Presidential Liabrary which was built at an estimated cost of $250m. Oh! Now I get it Miguna wanted a US$300m thatâ€™s more that Bushâ€™s so he can claim Raila is more wasteful than George Bush. But he has failed miserably because US$12.5m is a modest figure for a man who makes tens of thousands of dollars to make one speech around the world. Beyonceâ€™s and Jayz house is US$40m, 3 times more than Railaâ€™s Riat complex which will be home to his global foundation.
And am sure Lupita Nyongâ€™o can now afford a house worth more than $12.5 million, the sum which is what 1 billion shillings amounts to.
If Miguna is looking for opulence, then he ought to look no further than Kibakiâ€™s Sh 500 million home built with taxpayer money, a home to live in. Plus Kibaki gets an office built at KSh700m. Thatâ€™s Sh1.2b of taxpayer money to reward a man for mobilizing the entire state machinery to install Jubilee into office through the back door.
Railaâ€™s is a complex expected to house several multinational foundations mainly Raila Odinga and Green Outreach Foundations expected to have a presence and operations all over the world, and hopefully with offices in London, Washington DC, Toronto and New York just that they will be headquartered in Kisumu. Its such a cost effective venture given his stature and the global reach that his foundation will have.
What Miguna should be doing is asking for a job at this transnational organization started by an eminent Kenyan- Odinga who now has more time in his hands to consolidate his clout around the world.
Rashid Wanjala, Canadian Based Legal Analyst