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Miguna Miguna Interview With Daily Nation ‘Upclose and Candid;’ A Blogger’s Take on The Interview

The actors: Questioner: Q, Miguna: A

Q: We have seen people attacking you during your book promotions, are not popular with Kenyans?

A: The vicious and barbaric attack on me has only occurred in Mombasa. Some people in the Kisumu audience got a bit worked up after I insulted all Luos by saying they all vote like robots. They understandably wanted a piece of me but thank goodness my new pals from the benefactors of my crusade against Raila were handy to calm things down and whisk me out of there. In the Mombasa case, the attacks were either planned and executed by me and my posse or they were planned, orchestrated, and instigated by Raila Odinga’s goons, depending on whether you want the truth or lies.

Q: But you’ve been quoted as saying the goons told you who hired them?

A: True.

Q: So, according to your answer to my last question, they could have told you it was Raila or you?

A: What I said is it depends on whether what you want is the truth or lie. I don’t lie.

Q: But there are numerous incidences you have been clearly caught in a lie both in the book and during your many public appearances; are you saying all those calling you out on the lies are stupid or don’t know what they’re talking about?

A: Yes. And I would include you in that group for asking this childish question.

Q: Mr. Miguna, please try to be polite and avoid matusis, please. I am just doing my job and if I don’t, I’ll be shown the door much the same way you were; in fact, worse because there is no due process in any of the media houses.

Q: Okay, fine. Just know you’re dealing with Miguna who takes no crap from anyone and when push comes to shove, I know how to shove—just look at these elbows; I have used them fairly well shoving myself to all manner of places I am not welcome just because I can. What I do when I get there is another story.

Q: Before we got sidetracked, you were talking about the goons…

A: Yes. They were paid by Raila’s trusted assistant minister from Mombasa.

Q: How do you know that?

A: They told me. They even showed me some of the cash still overflowing from their pockets; lots of 1000 shilling notes and from my estimation, each was paid about 5000 bob so given they were about five of them, that means the price tag for my assault was 25 thousand.

A: So, the going rate for assaulting you is 25 thousand only? Is that not a bit too low for someone as important and nightmare to those you claim are after disrupting your so-called…excuse me, your book tour?

Q: Well, that was the budget for Mo…ah, the intention was to disrupt my book tour, prevent Kenyans from buying and reading my book, and to conceal the truth about corruption, nepotism and abuse of office from coming out.

Q: I am a bit confused; how do you know the bu…[loudly interrupted]

A: What I am telling you is the attacks have instead exposed Mr Odinga as an intolerant and dictatorial leader who doesn’t brook dissent. The goons hadn’t been invited to my meetings. They didn’t have to attend if they didn’t want to.

Q: Others who know of have worked with Raila will disagree with you that Raila is intolerant and dictatorial; in fact, these are words we started hearing used against Raila just before Mudavadi left ODM…

A: I am telling you…

Q: Mr. Miguna, please stop interrupting me. This is an interview; I ask a question, you answer after I finish asking the question, is that okay?

A: No it’s not okay. I don’t want you to waste my time asking me stupid questions or give me lectures about when the terms “intolerant” and “dictatorial” were first used against Raila…

Q: Mr. Miguna, we are going to conduct this interview my way or there won’t be an interview. You’re already complaining about media black-out we here at DN want to give you exposure as much as possible…

A: I know. I am just trying to help you in conducting a good interview. I don’t know where you went to school but there is a lot I can teach you about journalism…

Q: Mr. Miguna; please don’t go there; I know you believe you know everything there is to know about everything but I am not going to allow you to walk over me as you have other journalists so you either answer my questions or this interview is over…

A: Okay fine. Ask your next question.

Q: You were saying something about Raila…

A: Yes; you see, as a leader and someone who aspires to be president, Raila should have condemned those barbaric attacks unreservedly. Ironically, he has attacked me — the victim of his goons’ violent assaults — through his presidential secretariat.

Q: But Raila is on record having said he does not condone and nobody should engage in any political violence and both ODM and Raila’s Campaign office issued statements condemning the Mombasa incident; why are you insisting that Raila does so himself in your case?

A: Because I am Miguna Miguna. I can’t go around being attacked and Mr. Odinga doesn’t say a word about it. Besides, he has full control over his supporters. They wouldn’t have attacked me if he had publicly directed them not to.

Q: Are then saying if Raila were to publicly ask his supporters not to attack you, you can travel down to Bondo—or even Kisumu for that matter, without any security or efforts to avoid contact with the general public and you’ll freely walk around without fear of being attacked?

A: Please don’t dignify the goons by calling them “Kenyans”; they are pathetic paid goons. It is very disappointing that the media have gleefully reported the attacks as if endorsing them.

The media should have condemned them unequivocally. They should also have reported accurately on the successful events in Nakuru, Kericho, Karatina, Nyeri, and Murang’a towns, where thousands of peaceful Kenyans gave me a heroic welcome.

Why gloat over the barbaric attacks, yet deliberately conceal the images of the heroic welcomes I received in Kericho, Nyeri, and Murang’a?

Q: Strictly from a newsworthiness point of view, attracting any amount of crowd in an area where you are expected to is neither newsworthy nor heroic and ditto for not attracting any crowd in an area where you are expected to as Mudavadi has begun to painfully appreciate so the question I should ask you is, why were you snubbed in Murang’a?

A: Who told you I was snubbed? I was given a hero’s welcome and I don’t care whether don’t think I am a hero; was Dedan Kimathi not a hero? Was Jaramogi not a hero? What about Bildad Kaggia…

Q: Okay; let’s not get excited now…Why have you not taken any legal action against the people who disrupted your Mombasa and Nakuru book promotions?

A: I was not disrupted or attacked in Nakuru. As I have said, the attacks were in Kisumu and Mombasa. Three people were drowned out as they tried to heckle me in Nakuru. The hired goons attacked me in the open in the presence of the police and the media in Kisumu and Mombasa.

The media have clips that the police and the DPP can use to convict the criminals. It is up to the police and the DPP to charge and prosecute the offenders. The media should be at the forefront of demanding that they be charged.

The attacks on me were as barbaric as those of Moi goons on Bishop Njoya and the late Prof Wangari Maathai. I will only testify as a victim of and witness to the attacks. Since when did I have the power to charge and prosecute criminal offenders?

Q: Mr. Miguna; I notice you have this persistent desire to compare yourself to…

A: [Interrupting] I can compare myself to whomever I want to. Every one of those people I have compared myself to I am exactly in their same situation when they were fighting for the civil rights of others and quite frankly, I think I am better than they were because Peeling Back The Mask traces my struggle against adversities and privations; the collective struggle and resistance of Kenyans against totalitarianism; the struggle for a new constitutional and democratic dispensation in Kenya; and exposes the pervasive culture of impunity, corruption, nepotism and abuse of public office within the grand coalition government…

Q: Where will your monument be erected to commemorate this great accomplishment of yours? Do you prefer…

A: [Interrupting] The eyesore on Uhuru Highway Moi defecated on the city with should be torn down and a real monument erected in my honor. You see, there won’t be another Miguna for a long time…

Q: You can say that again.

A: And I am glad you appreciate your appreciation of my great contribution to warrant a monument.

Q: [Thinking to himself: I was actually being sarcastic but this madman thinks I meant this; he’s really gone…[laughing] and he thinks it Raila who is gone?!]

A: Why are you laughing?

Q: It’s just something you said but sorry;…

A: I didn’t say anything funny…

Q: It’s okay Mr. Miguna…now, it has been alleged that you are now friends with the PM’s detractors on the other side of the Coalition Government, that they are supporting you financially. Any truth in this?

A: The PM and his cohorts are peddling lies. They are desperate. So, they have manufactured political links where there are none. Nobody is funding me. Who funded Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’s Not Yet Uhuru, which he published following his fallout with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta?

Q: There you go again comparing yourself…

A: [Interrupting] Listen; I told you I can do this! I wish somebody was funding me because I actually need money to conduct a thorough campaign against the culture and merchants of impunity. Ask those spreading such desperate lies to substantiate their claims.

Q: Well, it has been virtually impossible to trace or prove movement of large amounts of money—in the tens of billions—stolen from the public by known public figures and stashed in local and international banks; are you saying it would be easier to trace and prove a few million shillings stacked in briefcases being moved and shared around?

A: Isn’t Raila Odinga the coordinator and supervisor of all government functions, including the NSIS?

Q: You tell me; you’re the one who created the coalition government!

A: Well; what I said is without me, Raila could not have gotten the half-bread he got; he would have probably gotten just a title of Prime Minister and two askaris. None of these people who now have plum jobs at the PM’s office would be there if it were not for my individual efforts; not Caroli Omondi, not Isahakia—none of them!

Besides, by not ordering NSIS to produce evidence that I am being funded, is Raila implying that I have now taken over his job as PM?

Q: Someone can make a compelling case you now believe you’re more important in Kenya than the Prime Minister…

A: [Interrupting] Miguna Miguna is a politician in his own right. What would Miguna Miguna the President/Senator/ MP do differently?

I am a political strategist, tactician, and actor, not a politician. I am a lawyer and a writer. I am a human rights defender.

Q: An actor, for sure… [Thniking: Should Kenya institute some kind of an Academy Award for actors and jokers in the country? I am sure he’ll win hands down!]

A: I believe that leadership without integrity is conmanship.

If Kenyans bestowed upon me any leadership responsibilities, I would discharge my duties honestly, honorably, diligently, and in a disciplined manner.

I would work very hard to uproot corruption, tribalism, and nepotism in all their vestiges. I would work hard to create employment opportunities for our youth.

Having an unemployment and underemployment rate of more than 70 per cent is a recipe for chaos. I would help instill, entrench, and promote justice for all.

Q: Are you declaring your candidature for the presidency?

A: No. I am more than qualified to be president and I know I can do a better job than Kibaki, Raila, Moi and Kenyatta combined. I am certainly better qualified than any of the candidates vying for the office. So, if I wanted to run for president, I can do that but just to give others a chance, I will opt to vie for the Othaya constituency because that seat will be vacant after Kibaki retires. I will like to follow the statesman Kibaki’s footsteps and eventually get to State House like him.

Q: [Thinking: Should ask him why not other constituencies that will have no incumbent such as Lang’ata? Nah; waste of time; he’ll just offer some lie for a reason he won’t] Mr. Miguna, you say you want to follow the footsteps of Kibaki; this is the same man you say in your book stole the elections in 2007?

A: Well, that was then. I have been spending a lot of time with those who were on PNU and now have second thoughts about who won the elections in 2007. Kibaki won the elections fair and square and Raila lost.

Q: Oookay! Moving right along; somebody said that a people get the leaders they deserve. Are you persuaded that Kenyans are a great people?

A: Yes and No. That statement is only partially correct. Historically, some leaders have been imposed on a people by vested foreign interests, local oligarchs, and/or by dysfunctional and weak institutional structures.

The current Kenyan leaders occupy their positions by default. Most are not qualified to lead cattle dip committees. Kenyans don’t deserve those thieving, looting, and criminal gangs dressed in suits.

Now, Kenyans will have better leadership when Luos and other communities that are supporting Raila stop voting like robots.

Q: You are once again repeating an insult that got you in trouble in Kisumu; are you not concerned that you’re further alienating yourself from the Luo community?

A: No. The Luos, especially those from Bondo have always rejected me and don’t think much of me. I am now confident with this book I will liberate Luo Nyanza from the tyranny and dictatorship of Mr. Odinga.

Q: What is your ideology, your world view?

I am fundamentally a humanist Pan-Africanist; one who holds dear the dream of a fully liberated, united, democratic, and prosperous Africa. At the core, I am also a social democrat. I believe that no society can thrive without social justice for all.

Q: The dog-eared phrase that in politics there are no permanent enemies: Do you foresee any rapprochement between you and the Prime Minister?

A: That’s a silly phrase. It is such phrases that have confused and compromised our people into believing that we must work with irredeemable and despicable characters — people who should be serving time in jail — merely because we need them to ascend to power.

We should never accept this cynical philosophy of “the end justifies the means” [thinking to himself: even though this is exactly what I am trying to do; I bring down Raila, I’ll be forever a hero for everyone except those who support him and gain favor with whoever gets elected as president instead; can you say AG!…smiling].

Q: Why are you smiling?

A: Oh…it’s just something I remembered… What I am saying is power cannot be sought and obtained at any price.

We must conduct our politics in a clean/ethical, honest, responsible, and democratic manner. Consequently, I don’t see any prospects of ever working with Raila Odinga again. [Wishing; oh I wish he is not reelected as president; he does and I am really toast!] He is too old to reorient himself and reform.

Q: What if Raila is elected as president and in the spirit of forgiving but not forgetting he asks you to join his government, say as Attorney General; would you turn down that unique opportunity to serve your country?

A: Of course I would turn him down. You see, I am the only person in the world who can say no to Raila…[thinking…are you kidding me? I’ll be down on my all fours praising the Lord and thanking Awambo for the opportunity; I may be mad but I am not stupid!]

Q: Probably fearing some sort of communal backlash, some of your relatives were reportedly uneasy about your book. Were the fears justified?

Although their fears are real, their responses are misplaced. They should be condemning the merchants of impunity, not coddling them. The people have the power to reject those purveyors of discord, violence and impunity. Nobody is above the law.

Q: Correspondence between you and other civil servants portrays you as being rather rough around the edges and a tad materialistic… insisting on a top-of-the-range BlackBerry, for example.

A: I am Miguna Miguna. What; did they expect me to be seen using some cheap cellphone when making the important phone calls I had to make? Besides, I am yet to see the correspondence you are referring to. I believe most of the documents (if at all) you have been shown are contrived and manufactured to mislead the public.

They must be very desperate. What they omitted to show you are hundreds of letters, memoranda, and briefs I wrote to the PM, demanding accountability for the tens of billions of taxpayers’ money that have been squandered and misappropriated under his watch.

Between those billions and a Sh30,000 Blackberry, what would you rather talk about? I don’t have time for childishness.

By the way, some of the people spreading such useless propaganda use more expensive phones and have squandered billions of your own money.

Unfortunately for them, I have never accepted discriminatory treatment. I demand equal pay for equal work and equal treatment. If they don’t like it — too bad.

Any honest person who knows me or has worked with me will have difficulty believing that I am materialistic. And yes, I don’t coddle incompetence, corruption, and laziness. Everybody else in government does but not me!

Q: I just wanted you to…

A: [Interrupting] Are you suggesting that you would prefer a dishonest, lazy, thieving public servant to an efficient, effective, and strict one? If that’s what they call “rough around the edges”, then I am guilty as charged.

Q: Are you Kenyan or Canadian? What’s the truth about your citizenship?

A: Who doesn’t know that I am a Kenyan by birth?

Q: Mr. Miguna; the constitution provides that those Kenyans who obtained citizenship in other countries lose their Kenyan citizenship and must apply to regain it; my question is, are you a Kenyan citizen?

A: I am in Kenya; am I not? Did I not work for the government as a senior advisor?

Q: I take that as a non-answer but let’s move on. If you were still the PM’s adviser, what would be your counsel regarding the violence in Mombasa?

A: I am not the PM’s adviser at the moment. I don’t answer hypothetical questions.

Q: What do you mean “at the moment;” do you dream of some day being an adviser again?…never mind, under what circumstances did you find yourself on the wrong side of that regime?

A: I don’t understand your question. I was abducted at gun-point from the University of Nairobi halls of residence, detained incommunicado with four other student leaders, before being released and expelled in 1987. I subsequently fled into exile. I thought you have read my book. It’s all there.

Q: As a matter of curiosity, who is your best friend? What does Miguna Miguna do for relaxation? Does he dance, drink beer or tea?

I don’t think you are entitled to that information. It is personal and privileged in the context of this interview [laughing] I think you need to read my book.

Q: What next after the storm kicked up by the book settles?

A: I didn’t know there was a storm. If there is, I hope you are referring to the resurgence of resistance and challenge to authority. We need more of it, not less. That’s the only way we can realise the gains of the new Constitution, which many of our so-called leaders only pay lip service to. I’m not retreating until our laws and the Constitution is fully implemented, respected, and upheld. We must pursue justice for all. That’s my mission.

Q: That’s all the time we have thank you Mr. Miguna. Now that you have scored this interview, are you still of the view the media is giving you a black-out with your so-cal…ah book tour?

A: Yes! Where is the Standard; Where is the Star; Where are the cameras, Citizen, KTN, my buddy Jeff Koinange…all of them; where are they? They should all be lined up waiting to interview me after you!

Q: [To himself: God, please help him!]

End.

***The foregoing is this bloggers version of how he thinks this interview with Miguna Miguna should have occurred were Miguna to be intellectually honest and blunt. For the actual interview, go to Upclose and Candid With Miguna Miguna***

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Deconstructing Miguna, His Words, Lies, Distortions, Embellishments, etc Part I

In this interview, Miguna makes claims ans assertions that definitely need to be exposed for what they are: either lies and distortions or embellishments of fact.

Here we go:

Presenter:  … What was the point for you when you said enough is enough:

Miguna: I think that after the constitutional review process, when Raila abandoned the the 3-tier parliamentary devolution structure, I decided Raila Odinga had gone too far. He was irredeemable.”

Analysis: Too far from what and irredeemable as to what?

Besides that, what is a “3-tier parliamentary devolution structure?” and when did Raila abandon it as you claim? Miguna, you can throw around words in the hopes of confusing and befuddling the unwary but, unfortunately for you, what you say in public and is recorded is not confined to the unwary or otherwise those you can so easily confuse and befuddle.

You obviously meant a “3-tear “devolved government structure,” which members within ODM were genuinely divided as to whether that was a good idea as opposed to the 2-tear system that was ultimately adopted.

Only you and others who think like you or, more precisely, who have an ax to grind with the PM would want others to believe Raila’s ultimate support for the current 2-tier devolved government system is being “gone.”

Gone from what?

Miguna: I thought in all these other things [Raila] could come back, but the moment he told me that all he needed was the imperial presidency, … that he needed undiluted power of the presidency,..

Analysis: This is a shameless, bold lie.

How did this exactly take place, when and where?

According to you, Raila says “Omera, all I need is an imperial presidency. I want undiluted power of the presidency.

Let me tell you as one who studied and obtained his undergraduate degree in political science before proceeding to law school that no politician, let alone Raila, would say those words to someone who is not a close and trusted advisor–and by all accounts you were not, and even the fact that Raila was prevailed upon by others to hire you and did so “out of pity” more than a year after he assumed office as PM–that fact alone speaks to how not close an adivisor you were and if there is any doubt about that, it is removed by the fact that you were sent to physically work as far away from the PM’s main office as possible.

This is also the reason many of us knew from the very beginning that you had no beans to spill because you had not worked in the government long enough or deep enough to tell us anything about it beyond bar gossip.

Be that as it may be, this claim that Raila told you he wanted an imperial presidency is just another made up after the fact revisionist “recollection” to make you look or come across as the perfect, flawless and indispensable “senior advisor” you “were” that also made Raila the enigma he is as you shamelessly claimed in Kisumu the other day.

Miguna: “…yet publicly [Raila] was telling people, that he needed power to be dispersed, and all along he said he stood for a democratic country, governed by the rule of the law and the constitution, where the citizens held their leaders to account,...”

Analysis: True and still remains to be true what Raila said as he believes in it and is vying for the presidency to fulfill his promise to have the constitution fully implemented in order to achieve this.

It is, of course, a lie that you realized Raila was “gone” when he was saying this while purportedly telling you privately the made up lie you’re peddling that Raila wanted an imperial presidency.

Miguna: “He was too greedy for power, and he was too greedy for money.

Analysis: When exactly did you come to this conclusion and, more importantly, what did you do upon reaching that conclusion to separate yourself from the man you otherwise loved, admired and defended to no end?

Anyone who knows Raila, including yourself before you were shown the door, knows that Raila is neither greedy for power nor is he greedy for money.

Looking at someone directly in their eyes and blurting out a lie with a straight face does not make it true and neither does repeating it no matter how many times and this notwithstanding Goebbel’s teaching you appear to wish to exploit that if you repeat a lie often enough it would eventually come true.

You don’t have the luxury of time as such for you have already turned off many who would have otherwise bought the lies because of your lack of retrain in telling these whoppers and outlandish, vindictive assertions without any factual base.

Miguna:I realized the man was gone.

Gone from what and, more importantly, why did you continue working for a man “gone” from whatever that is that you want to make us believe he therefore became not worth being the leader he is?

Miguna:And the moment I realized that [Permanent Secretary, PM’s Office] Isahakia was being cited severally, including through court cases, judgments of corrupt deals, and he was still keeping this man as his permanent secretary.

I suppose this is still in response to the question when did you say enough is enough?

So, what did you do then? Did you quit rather than work under the supervision and direction of PS Isahakia you now claim was guilty of these things you charge about him?

Miguna:Caroli’s story is as long as the river Nile, and that is his chief of staff. I realized No, he can not be an agent of change, and I discussed this with Salim Lone.

“At one point when Salim wanted to leave, and I had not reached this point, and  I went to Raila to plead his case –Salim had told me no, am leaving, am tired…”

I am sure Salim Lone has read or will now get to read about this so, let’s all give you the benefit of doubt on this while we await Mr. Lone’s corroboration of this, even though I doubt he will.

Miguna:and when I told Raila Salim wanted to leave, he laughed it off, saying: Salim had been saying that for the past one year, he will not leave.”

Really? Why stop there? Why not go on to what happened when you told Salim this? Or did you not tell him because no such a conversation occurred between you and Raila?

Miguna:So Raila believes that he is god, he is a demi god, you can not leave him.

I know you say some of these outlandish things on live TV or before a rolling video-camera; but, do you ever watch a replay of what you have said and tell yourself, “oh, that’s a big one; even I can’t believe it!!!???

Ati Raila believes he is a god? And that no one can leave him?

You see, when you say outlandish things like this and the other one that you are the one who has made Raila who he is, even hardcore Raila haters dismiss you as simply unhinged and I am sorry to say that but it’s true.

They may not say it publicly, but every sane person with common sense will have to conclude this is simply nonsensical and unbelievable.

BTW, I have no time to go through the archives but, when you loved, admired and defended Raila; did anyone ever call you a sycophant or say Raila was your idol or god you worshiped?

If so, what did you make of such accusations?

Now, flip the roles.

You are now the one calling Raila a god and his supporters all manner of names, including sycophants and groupies.

How comical is that, if not tragic?

Miguna: I also saw that when he called me for a meeting, and wanted me to go back to his office, he wanted me to go and meet him at the office, and I told him no, we can only meet in a neutral place, and I chose Serena, I saw, when he heard this, I saw his body language he couldn’t believe it...”

In one of her eloquent pieces in peeling your own mask, Peeling Back Miguna’s Mask journalist Sarah Elderkin provided an accurate account of what actually happened respecting your meeting with Raila, thus,

[i]The meeting between the Prime Minister and Miguna at the Nairobi Serena hotel on December 27 last year came as a result of appeals by Quarcco on Miguna’s behalf to the PM in the preceding days. These appeals were, in fact, the culmination of similar appeals from other people.[/i]

You obviously want to have people believe, nah, this was not the case, the PM himself called and begged you to come meet him and being the very important person you are relative to the PM, you dictated where the meeting had to take place, Serena.

Please.

We went past what to believe about what you say long before you started saying it.

Put another way, Ms. Elderkin’s account of what happened about this meeting is simply what is accurate and true, everything else including your own account is not or is only to the extent it’s not contradicted by Ms. Elderkin.

Presenter: [Interjecting Miguna] …”nobody had ever said no to [Raila]” (before Miguna purportedly told Raila, no, he could not meet him at his office as he purportedly requested).

Miguna: “[parroting the presenter] …because nobody had ever said No to him.

Hebu fafanua since when and how did you manage to track and keep this record about who said yes or no to Raila all his life?

Just for the heck of it, let’s do a small recap:

  1. You made Raila who he is as a leader and person.
  2. You made formation of the coalition government possible
  3. You are the only person who has ever said No to Raila

Is there anything else left you can say to make you more important? Oh, I see, there is and you will have to find time and squeeze that in in the remaining time of your 15 minutes of fame just because we must not have any doubts?

I am sure there is someone out there who can match you with this level of self-elevation to importance but even they are saying to themselves, nah, can’t beat that!

Miguna:Miguna never crawls back.

There are times even the most accomplished, confident and cocky characters have had to eat crow.

Miguna:And he believed he had reduced me to my knees because he had illegally withheld my pay, and by the way he is still holding my pay, he illegally withheld  and locked up my personal items, he is still doing so. He did that to reduce me to my knees.”

Ms. Elderkin, who is more believable than you, says much as she and others did not approve the manner in which you were shown the door, many prevailed on Raila to have you reinstated–albeit to some other job as you were clearly not getting along with people at the PM’s office, according to other sources.

Miguna:He knew I had come back to Kenya from Canada where I had practiced law for a while, and he knew i had not established myself back in Kenya, and he knew how corrupt Kenya was, and how fighting for him had alienated me from some people who could probably give me cases and things like that, so he thought it was just a matter of time before Miguna crawls back.

Ms. Elderkin has eloquently addressed this assertion in the above cited peace and others there is no need to address it any more other than to say, you should be grateful Raila gave you the opportunity to curve yourself a long-term career in government and even outside of government were Raila not to be in government but you blew it by your own conduct.

Even after you were unceremoniously given the boot, many of us sincerely pleaded with you to take time off and chart a different course than the destructive one you’re on but you gave us the middle finger.

See, e.g., Miguna May Be Hurting But He Is Being Disingenous As To Raila penned more than a year ago, or Does Miguna Have Beans To Spill? penned in January this year where I implored you, thus

In sum, Miguna should forget about spilling beans that don’t exist and pursue a strategy where he can regain much of everything he is about to lose if he continues down the path he is and if I may add, even confused and confounded G7 or whatever latest outfit seeking to “stop” Raila is, they know recruiting Miguna to their camp only has but so much value not worth the effort.

I don’t know whether or not you’re in the payroll of anyone but it’s widely believed and there are tell tale signs and plenty of anecdotal evidence that you are but, strictly speaking, there is nothing wrong with that; just own up to it and accept the fact it would make no difference in the end.

In other words, you are not the first person to be sacked from government and neither will you be the first anti-Raila project, which many believe you are.

What really betrays you in everything you have said and done thus far notwithstanding your lofty pronouncements and declarations is this interview following the Serena meeting with Raila and Quarcco, the intermediary who sought to intervene in your behalf in behalf of himself and others, according to Ms. Elderkin:

In that interview, you said:

“Unfortunately, the statement that was released by one Caroli Omondi on behalf of the PM on December 28, 2011, 24 hours after our agreement did not accurately reflect and adhere to the terms of our agreement.”

In other words, despite all of these “evils” you now says are resident in the PM himself and his office, you were still willing to nonetheless return to work for the PM and with the very same people you now insult, trash and condemn.

So much so you were even desperate to do so:

“[i]Unfortunately, as of the time of this press conference, by letters and subsequent short txt messages to both Mr. Omondi and the PM have not been responded to.”

Being ignored added salt to injury.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Politics

 

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Annoying Hypocrisy of Some Kenyans

In the United States and Britain–two leading democracies others try to emulate their style of democracy, politicians are often pestered to account or answer for what others say or do that may be deemed inappropriate, wrong, unacceptable or simply controversial.

However, this is usually confined to what surrogates say or do, not what everyone in their respective parties says or does that is offending as such.

In some cases, however, it is necessary and appropriately so to demand that a party leader and others within the party take a position respecting what a party member says or does that’s offensive.

For example, when a moron by the name Todd Akin—a member of Congress in the US, said that a woman cannot get pregnant if “legitimately raped,” there was an uproar across the country and the Republican party hierarchy, starting with its presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney threw the man under the bus and have thus far tried to distance themselves from him.

I say thus far because, if the moron survives the onslaught and calls for him to step aside and no longer pursue the US senate seat he seeks, the very same people condemning him will either abandon their condemnation and publicly resume supporting him or they’ll for sure quietly support and cast their votes for him.

That’s the very definition of classic hypocrisy but it’s alive and well not just in the US but everywhere, including Kenya.

This kind of hypocrisy is infuriating, especially when done with such a straight face and convincing zeal and there is little anyone can do to rid us of it other than to call it out when it manifests itself.

When Miguna was accosted in Mombasa the other day in what others are not without basis suggesting it was a staged event to up publicity for Miguna and his book while dragging Raila’s name into the fracas, many on these fora and some on the ground have started demanding that Raila must condemn these “hooliganism” and violence.

Let’s step back and soberly and objectively examine this demand:

Supposing it’s true as others suggest that the Mombasa incident was stage managed to up publicity for Miguna while dragging Raila’s name into the fracas and negatively so, where is the wisdom in demanding that Raila condemn the act and what sense does that make?

On the other hand, supposing this was not stage managed and instead a handful of individuals took it upon themselves to express their displeasure with Miguna for what he has done or is doing, does someone seriously want to say by Raila saying his supporters shouldn’t do that that they therefore wouldn’t do so?

As Americans would say in a clean version of this, “give me a break!!!”

Raila is on record and so is ODM that violence of any kind has no place in politics.

It is therefore hypocrisy of the highest order when anyone demands that Raila and ODM condemn what happened to Miguna in Mombasa when we know for a fact that these very same individuals will not call for such a condemnation if Miguna was being accosted for penning a book contemptuous and critical of their presidential candidate of choice and don’t let them lie to you that they would.

That’s what I find infuriating and annoying about some of this hypocrisy.

I would give credit to many of those engaged in this infuriating and annoying hypocrisy the fact that few of them, if at all, have actually come forth to say or accuse Raila of having orchestrated or approved this acts of “hooliganism” –and I say hooliganism in quotation because one cannot rule out the possibility this was a stage managed event.

To be sure, Miguna in his predictable rant following the Mombasa event issued a statement in which he desperately tried to link Raila to what happened to him but even his own sycophants would find that one hard to believe.

Talking about believing, isn’t it telling that Balala, before disappearing from the stage at the Mombasa event, told Miguna to his face he couldn’t buy all the lies in the book?

I read somewhere Balala said this in Swahili intentionally because Miguna does not understand or speak Swahili so he was clueless what Balala was saying and even nodded in agreement!

We all should commend Balala, however, for speaking the truth on this one.

Back to this infuriating and annoying hypocrisy, no one believes we can ever do away with hypocrisy in political discourse or in general, period but, we certainly must remain guard against it, especially where it has propensity to cause harm.

When Kenyans on these fora who one can rightly assume are more educated and informed than your average voter on the ground start making these preposterous demands that Raila must condemn what happened to Miguna in Mombasa lest he be deemed to have approved it, it’s not only annoyingly hypocritical for the reasons stated above, it’s also disturbing in that it shows how far we are from reaching an elevation in politics where such simplistic albeit annoying hypocrisy has no place.

We can and must do better.

Let Miguna go around the country trashing Raila in the name of promoting his book for sooner than later, he, too, would come to the realization all these efforts are for naught.

In another blog here, Nothing Other Than The Predictable In The So Called Miguna Book Tour, I said the following which is worth repeating:

I said here before and would repeat Raila could not have been more fortunate to have Miguna as the former aide who wrote this book for the man is not only self-destructing before our own eyes, he is also doing a good job in making him the character of interest in connection with his book, not Raila or his other real or perceived enemies.

Napoleon once said never interfere with an enemy while he is in the process of destructing himself and this counsel has been gleefully applied in all kinds of political settings much to the chagrin of those self-destructing.

Miguna is self-destructing there is no need for Raila, ODM or any of his targets to interfere or help him at all.

Let them watch from a distance and even enjoy the charade.

Supporters should also be encouraged to watch from a distance.

They definitely should not do anything that Miguna and his handlers are salivating they do so that they may pounce on it in hopes to revive this dead horse.

When it’s all said and done, however, Miguna would have actually helped Raila get reelected.

If the PM and ODM must mollify the annoying hypocrites demanding that they condemn the act of “hooliganism” in Mombasa, then let them issue a terse one sentence statement to that effect and sit back and watch how the same hypocrites find something else to whine about.

It’s a classic damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation but I would stick with not doing in this case for there is nothing Raila or ODM can say or do about this Miguna drama that is not a magnet to attract even more nonsense and hypocrisy from these naysayers and haters.

I would rather focus on the bigger things in the bigger picture, including preaching a message of peace and unity, ending tribalism and ending corruption and impunity as the PM is currently doing.

Most Kenyans have shown they are ready to receive and accept that message what Miguna and others are doing is a distraction and if there is any condemnation to be had, it’s for these divisive tactics futilely intended to derail Raila’s quest for the presidency which all Kenyans of good faith must condemn.

These vindictive, divisive and hateful tactics against Raila shall fail nonetheless.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Politics

 

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The Truth In Miguna Miguna’s Statement About His Travails In His So-Called Book Tour

Miguna is circulating on the Internet and elsewhere a statement dated Saturday, August 25 in which he attempts to spin what’s thus far happening in his book tour which is more of a Raila trashing tour than a book tour.

I have taken the liberty to put his statement in its proper context and address this directly to him as follows:

I am issuing this statement from the Moi International Airport, Mombasa at 7:30pm with a broken heart... ”

Are you heartbroken because your efforts to bring down Raila have failed as others by others have before or are you heartbroken because the book itself has has flopped and nothing in your so-called book tour is going as planned?

[But am] determined and [have] unflinching focus; a focus for the full and undiluted realization of our rights and freedoms enshrined and entrenched in the Constitution; the right and freedom to think, to express ourselves and to associate with whomsoever we want as long as these are expressed in a peaceful and legal manner.

These rights are already guaranteed in the constitution and are being enjoyed by all Kenyans without any inhibitions or impediments even by you and the incidences involving or appear to be hooliganism cannot be ruled out not to be stage managed in efforts to sully or otherwise maliciously try to drag and link Raila with the hooliganism he has nothing to do with.

Much as your book has flopped, these efforts, too shall fail for Kenyans are smarter and know better.

By “Kenyans” I here mean those objective and not prone to fall to antics designed to appeal to divisive tribalistic instincts driven by blind hatred.

“A few hours ago, a marauding and organized gang of Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s supporters sent to my book tour event at the Castle Royal Hotel in Mombasa forcefully entered the event after it had started and violently disrupted it, assaulted me and members of my book tour team and caused serious physical and financial damage. This barbaric attack was both unprovoked and unjustified.

What evidence do you have that these “marauding and organized gang” is Raila’s or was sent by him?

Is this not continued defamation of Raila that, if he were not the statesman he is, he would otherwise take you to court and hold you accountable?

Or do you think as there is no doubt you have yourself convinced fully that if it falls from your lips or emanates from your fingers typing into a keypad then it must be unchallengeable truth?

News flash: Only Raila haters buy hook, line and sinker what you say.

The rest either reject it outright or take it with a grain of salt as they should.

In your continued rage and blind pursuit of a goal that clearly you cannot meet, namely, bringing down Raila, you have failed to notice Raila has long since dismissed you as a madman and would have nothing to do or say about you and that includes caring whether your book tour is a success or not.

Your desperate effort to link Raila to your troubles is just that: desperate efforts to link Raila to your efforts, which shall fail much as your “volcanic” book has proven to be anything but.

In fact, the book has revealed more about you and exposed you for who you are to those who did not know you but not in the manner you anticipated and tells us nothing about anything else with even remote explosiveness as you falsely claimed in hyping its content pre-publication.

I therefore take this earliest opportunity to condemn it unreservedly in the strongest terms possible.”

This comment I find comical but not surprising coming from you because a victim does not condemn what happens to them; others do in their behalf when the victimization is obvious.

I challenge the Goons’ Captain and Commander, Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga, to act as a statesman and recall his hooligans!”

Again, this is smearing and defamation of Raila for (a) you have not an iota of evidence that Raila has had anything to do with your troubles and (b) Raila himself has dismissed you as a madman better ignored it’s preposterous and very like you to continue insisting you’re that important for Raila or anyone to stoop to the level of sending hooligans to interrupt your peddling of a book that has obviously flopped and will have no impact on Raila or anyone but you for that matter.

The second liberation was anchored on the realization of a new constitutional order and practice. When we were fighting for, were detained, tortured and persecuted during the dark totalitarian reign of terror, our intention was to broaden and deepen the democratic space; not to shrink it.”

No one begrudges your speaking out against the Moi regime and paying a price for it, which many others did as well, including Raila himself.

Your life was spared and you managed to safely exit the country and remained out of the country and its affairs until returning in 2007 highly anticipating to work for the man you admired, loved and defended until you were unceremoniously shown the door last year.

That man remains the same man you admired, loved and defended until you were unceremoniously shown the door last year and this remains true no matter what you now say about him in your desperate and blind effort to exact revenge for what happened to you; even in revenge, there surely must be proportion.

You have over-revenged and the whole thing has blown up in your face which you cannot blame anyone but yourself.

We were fighting for and suffered humiliating treatment, harassment, indignity, and other gross violations of our human rights in order to create an open, tolerant and egalitarian society governed by the Rule of Law.

True.

But that’s not a license to lie, besmirch, smear and defame others at will or without fear of consequences.

For more than two decades, freedom fighters like Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Makhan Singh, Achieng’ Oneko and  Bildad Kaggia endured inhumane treatment and sacrificed so that we can live in relative peace, prosperity and in a thriving democracy.

Again, true but if you are trying to put yourself and your antics as belonging in the same group of heroes, then we kindly urge you not to out of respect for those heroes.

You don’t even come remotely close and you know it–well, let me take that back for you may actually believe you do.

The new Constitution was not for one man; it was for all of us.

True.

We did not fight for it so as to elevate Raila Odinga to the presidency of this country.”

True.

FYI, nobody thinks or believes that we fought and passed the new constitution to elevate Raila to the presidency.

While Raila Odinga is free to roam the countryside, towns and cities, he has obviously directed, organized and authorized his hooligans to subject me to inhumane treatment; to harass me and to deny me my rights of thought, movement, expression and association.

Again, you have no evidence and neither does anyone because its false that Raila has “obviously directed, organized and authorized his hooligans” to subject you to “inhumane treatment; to harass you and to deny” your rights of thought, movement, expression and association.

Sorry to burst your bubble but Raila doesn’t think you’re as important as you obviously think you are.

In fact, he thinks and has publicly said he believes you’re unhinged and have become a madman he wishes and has, in fact, decided to ignore you much to your chagrin for you clearly and desperately wish he engages or responds to your antics.

He won’t beyond what he has.

When Raila Odinga’s thugs force their way into the county meetings I am holding to promote my book, [i]Peeling Back The Mask: A Quest For Justice In Kenya[/i]; …”

There is no such a thing as “Raila Odinga’s thugs” and this is a lie you’re obviously desperately trying to repeat as many times in the hopes of it being taken as true.

It won’t except among those who like you hate or can’t stand Raila where neither truth nor facts matter.

“…to discuss national issues such as the extremely high and intolerable unemployment among our youth, the prevailing tribalism, nepotism and runaway corruption not just at the Prime Minister’s Office, but also in other government institutions; …”

I know you dismiss everyone but you to be stupid or otherwise not intelligent but you’ll be surprised when you come back to reality that most people are, in fact, intelligent and not stupid so they know your book is not about these issues you’re claiming to be your concern but the book is nothing but a vengeful effort to get even with Raila for dropping you as one of his aides.

Raila Odinga inexplicably feels personally threatened.

He doesn’t.

He actually thinks and has publicly said you’re a madman.

You’re no more threatening to him than a madman in any village.

In fact, most madmen are not that threatening at all.

They’re just madmen.

Instead of responding coherently to the book and my open challenge regarding corruption at his office, his response is to send marauding goons after me.”

There is nothing in your book for Raila to respond to and we know you’ll be thrilled were he even to say anything about you and your book beyond what he has said but he shouldn’t and am sure he won’t.

Unfortunately for him, many of us are determined to live according to the dictates of the new Constitution.

If you think lying about others, issuing empty threats and challenges and defaming people is living according to the dictates of the new Constitution, then this is worse for you than I previously thought.

We have resolved to subject all public servants, including Raila Amolo Odinga, to searing vetting and interrogation. We shall not be cowed, intimidated and muzzled.

True.

But there is the right and legal way to do this and the wrong-headed and illegal way of doing this.

Needless to say we must go with the former but you’ve opted to go the latter way and if we are to go your way, then we might as well do away with the law and strictly engage in judging and evaluating leaders based on lies, innuendo, conjecture and rumors. [/quote].

Raila Odinga and his goons must respect the supremacy of the Constitution. He is not above the law.”

For the last time, stop this desperate attempt to link Raila with your troubles in your so-called book tour for he has nothing to do with it and it’s condescending albeit not uncharacteristic of you to lecture Raila about respecting the Constitution he so gallantly fought for its passage and double so for telling him he is not above it or the law flowing from it.

Make no mistake about it: I will not be intimidated and muzzled by anyone, including Raila Odinga!”

Others may intimidate and try to muzzle you but leave Raila out of it as he is not interested.

He has more important things to do such as making sure he is reelected but this time sworn as president.

You’re not anywhere on the list of things he has any concerns about or would spend even a moment to ponder.

Raila Odinga will not ascend to the presidency of this country through intimidation, threats, mayhem or through his goons!

True.

Raila will ascend to the presidency by winning the hearts of Kenyans again as he did in 2007 and by meeting the constitutional threshold for being sworn as president.

We shall meet all the merchants of impunity head on.”

And Raila is leading in the efforts to take on the merchants of impunity.

I will continue my county book tour. My next stop is Nyeri on Monday August 27th, 2012.

Good luck.

I’ll be surprised if you’re not given a red-carpet welcome in Nyeri.

You might as well declare your candidacy for Othaya MP while there.

Thank You.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Politics

 

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Nothing Other Than The Predictable In the So-Called Miguna Book Tour In Kenya or Elsewhere

Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself, so goes a popular political refrain many successfully heed.

I applaud the Kisumu police for making sure no scene occurred beyond what did, which I am sure Miguna and his handlers were hoping it did.

He can now move on to the rest of the country where there will be little or no confrontation.

In some areas, he will be welcome with wide arms–and even complete with red carpet.

But Kisumu and what they had hoped to milk it for is over–but not completely as I would not be surprised if they don’t plot to return or give it another crack.

In case you are wondering what I am talking about, I posit Kisumu was deliberately selected so that if there was a serious incident, it would have become a fuse to activate this volcano that has proven to be so stubbornly dormant and not activatable at all.

If that didn’t work, nothing else will.

Update:

I said here before and would repeat Raila could not have been more fortunate to have Miguna as the former aide who wrote this book for the man is not only self-destructing before our own eyes, he is also doing a good job in making him the character of interest in connection with his book, not Raila or his other real or perceived enemies.

Napoleon once said never interfere with an enemy while he is in the process of destructing himself and this counsel has been gleefully applied in all kinds of political settings much to the chagrin of those self-destructing.

Miguna is self-destructing there is no need for Raila, ODM or any of his targets to interfere or help him at all.

Let them watch from a distance and even enjoy the charade.

Supporters should also be encouraged to watch from a distance.

They definitely should not do anything that Miguna and his handlers are salivating they do so that they may pounce on it in hopes to revive this dead horse.

When it’s all said and done, however, Miguna would have actually helped Raila get reelected.

That’s true odd as it may sound because it’s Miguna we are talking about.

A Miguna sycophant posted on the Internet how there was a crowd of 500 at the Kisumu venue naively or ignorantly trying to create the impression this means something to write home about; it’s not.

As one blogger responded, he (the blogger and staunch ODM) was among those in the audience.

I always laugh when I hear this fallacious touting of how many people were at some audience–and this really applies even to rallies as well because those doing the touting forget or assume everyone there is there because they love them and can’t wait to hug and kiss them.

False.

Many may be there as in this case just curious to have a peak at the madman.

It’s no different a phenomena than this: Madman Thrills Crowd

In other words, even a madman draws a crowd.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Politics

 

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Miguna Miguna’s Hyping His Return Home on August 16 Is Much Ado About Nothing As His Book

Miguna Miguna

I have been away on travel, including to motherland but am back and hope to pen an update on what I saw and heard about things politics in the time I was home.

Meanwhile, I have seen a “press release” by none other than Miguna Miguna announcing to the world yet again that he will be returning home on August 16, 2012 to which I thought I share my thoughts on it–not that I have to as this is already a so yesterday issue, namely, Miguna and his book.

My prediction has been he will not return home as he keeps telling the world he is and that remains to be seen (see related blog here).

Having been on the ground and talked to people from various backgrounds, I can confirm much of what most of us have been saying about Miguna and his misguided publishing of his book has been vindicated.

His return to Kenya is of no consequence to the extent it would do nothing but make worse most people’s impressions of him–minus the anti-Raila brigade, of course–if that’s even possible and what they make of his now largely despised book.

Wiser counsel is for him to remain out of the country and even try to peddle his book to the few anti-Railaists in the diaspora with still an appetite to buy the book for even many don’t really care to anymore.

As for Kenya, it’s a waste of time as the book has already flopped as yours truly and others predicted.

No one wants to be seen with the book lest they be dismissed as fond of gossip and the salacious.

Indeed, having the book on one’s hand is no different than being seen clinging to a porn magazine in some quarters.

Those who don’t mind being seen as such can’t afford it.

Those who can afford it and don’t mind reading in the privacy of their homes or away from public don’t have to because they can read it for free online.

Such is the nature of these things and if Miguna had not figured this and asked for a hefty advance, it shall all been for naught.

I said in one of my blogs that MM has a better chance of being welcome in Othaya to vie for Kibaki’s seat than anywhere especially in Nyanza where he’s as much welcome as a skunk at a picnic but judging from what I have been hearing along the circles I hang-out, Miguna will be lucky to find a single person who would wish to be seen with him and I can even venture to say even those who were with him before are having second thoughts and won’t want anything to do with him–what with the manner he has betrayed confidences of all manner of people and thrown even friends under the bus just to advance his one man self-destructing mission.

Anyway, my take is Miguna probably has perhaps less than a handful of a few remaining friend–and I of course don’t include Raila haters who by definition do not qualify as friends but it’s too late to even ask those who are friends with him to pass any counsel to him.

You know Miguna would have no friends among men when even women find it despicable that he deemed it appropriate to discuss–true or false–bedroom affairs of anyone, including politicians, let alone their wives.

It’s simply baffling though not surprising what he was thinking about when writing some of these things that make him come across as nothing but a vindictive man with an ax to grind and nothing more.

As it that in by itself was not worse, he tops it off by “Come baby Come,” which officially reduced him to a joke in addition to the vindictive man with an ax to grind.

By any objective measure, the harm Miguna has inflicted upon himself is permanent and irreparable.

When the man says he is retuning home to a 47-County book tour, it only goes to confirm how much harm and damage he has suffered from his uncontrolled rage and vindictiveness.

I wish him no ill but hope he soon steps out of this world of maddening rage and vindictiveness he is obviously living in and and return to the world the rest of us live in whereby people draw lines of reasonableness and common sense beyond which they don’t cross lest they look silly, petty or simply mad.

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Politics

 

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August 16 In World History

World History

The following is a chronological list of significant events that have occurred in the world on August 16, 1290 through August 16, 2013.

I find the last two and most recent most interesting.

1290 – Charles van Valois weds Margaretha van Anjou
1384 – The Hongwu Emperor of Ming China, Emperor Dong, hears a case of a couple who tore paper money bills while fighting over them—a case considered equal to the act of destroying stamped government documents, which by law necessitated one hundred floggings by a bamboo rod. However, the Hongwu Emperor decided to pardon them, seeing as how their intention was not to tear up the money.
1477 – Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, weds Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy in Ghent, Belgium
1513 – Battle at Eguinegatte/Guinegate: Maximilian & Henry VIII beat France
1570 – King Janos Sigismund Zapolyai signs secret treaty with Maximilian II
1625 – Earnest Casimir of Nassau-Dietz appointed viceroy of Drenthe
1691 – Yorktown Va founded
1717 – Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
1743 – Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)
1745 – Skirmish at Laggan: Glengarry beats Royal Scots
1748 – “Geldermalsen” sails to East-Indies
1777 – Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
1780 – British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
1794 – Hungarian revolutionary Ignác Martinovics arrested in Vienna
1797 – Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth
1812 – Gen Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to England
1819 – Manchester Massacre: English police charge unemployed demonstrators
1829 – Siamese twins Chang & Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited
1834 – Charles Darwin climbs Mt Campana in Chile
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1846 – Gioacchino Rossini marries Olympe Pélissier in Paris
1858 – Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs President James Buchanan
1861 – Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
1861 – Skirmishes at Fredericktown/Kirkville, Missouri
1863 – Chickamauga campaign GA
1863 – Emancipation Proclamation signed
1864 – 4th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Virginia, Federal assault
1864 – Palace for People’s industry official opens in Amsterdam
1865 – Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation.
1869 – Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
1870 – Fred Goldsmith demonstrates curve ball isn’t an optical illusion
1876 – Opera “Siegfried” premieres in Bayreuth
1882 – British under General Wolseley land in Alexandria
1890 – Alexander Clark, journalist/lawyer, named minister to Liberia
1894 – Indian chiefs from the Sioux & Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity & return to their old Indian faith
US President James BuchananUS President James Buchanan 1896 – Gold discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Ala
1898 – Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster
1903 – Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8
1904 – NYC begins building Grand Central Station
1905 – Mbunga-rebellion occupy German post Ifakara East-Africa
1906 – -17] 8.6 earthquake destroys Valparaiso Chile, fire kills 20,000
1907 – Abd al-Hafid proclaims himself sultan of Morocco
1913 – Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) admits its first female students.
1914 – German army occupies last fort at Luik, Belgian general Leman caught
1914 – Zapata & Pancho Villa over run Mexico
1914 – World War I: Battle of Cer begins.
1915 – KC’s Alex Main no-hits Buffalo (Federal League), 5-0
1918 – US troops overthrows Archangelsk
1920 – Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yanks’ Carl Mays pitch; he dies next day, only major league fatality
1922 – AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC)
1924 – 38th US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla B Mallory (61 63)
1924 – Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
1924 – Dutch-Turkish peace treaty signed
Baseball Great Babe RuthBaseball Great Babe Ruth 1927 – 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)
1930 – The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
1934 – US ends occupation of Haiti (been there since 1915)
1934 – US explorer William Beebe descends 3,028′ (923 m) in Bathysphere
1936 – 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin
1940 – 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
1941 – HMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England.
1942 – Premier Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow
1943 – 1st Long Tom bombs on Italian mainland (from Sicily)
1943 – Bulgarian czar Boris III visits Adolf Hitler
1944 – 2nd Canadian Division occupies Falaise Normandy
1944 – Chartres freed
1944 – Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
1944 – US 15th Army corp reaches Eure, surrounds Dreux
1944 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
1945 – Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, was captured by Soviet troops.
1946 – Great Calcutta blood bath – Moslem/Hindu riot (3-4,000 die)
1947 – Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs
1948 – Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
1948 – Israeli pound becomes legal tender
1950 – West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England
1953 – KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
1953 – Shah of Persia & princess Soraya flee to Baghdad & Rome
1954 – “Sports Illustrated” magazine begins publishing
1954 – 200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood
1955 – Fiat Motors orders 1st private atomic reactor
1956 – Adlai E Stevenson nominated as Democratic presidential candidate
1956 – Indians’ Rocky Colavito hits his 1st grand slam, Cleveland 5, Tigers 4
1959 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
1959 – USSR introduces installment buying
1960 – Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from balloon at 31,330 m (84,700′)
1960 – Republic of Congo (Zaire, Dem Rep of Congo) forms
1961 – 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
1961 – Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami
Beatles Drummer Ringo StarrBeatles Drummer Ringo Starr 1962 – Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatle drummer
1963 – Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
1964 – Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Omaha Jaycee Golf Open Invitational
1964 – St Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader
1965 – AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise (Miami Dolphins)
1967 – Cin Red Jim Maloney retires 19 Pirates, then gets injured & leaves
1967 – WFIQ TV channel 36 in Florence, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1969 – WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting
1969 – Woodstock rock festival begins in NY
1970 – 52nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern Hills OK
1970 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cincinnati Golf Open
1972 – 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
1972 – Morocco King Hassan II’s B727 shot at
1972 – Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
1972 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1974 – Ramones concert debut (NY’s CBGBs)
1975 – “Rodgers & Hart” closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 perfs
1975 – Peter Gabriel quits Genesis
1976 – 58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD
1976 – St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
1977 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 – Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th
1980 – Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
1980 – Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
1980 – Jools Holland quits Squeeze
1981 – Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
1981 – Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
1981 – Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
1983 – Paul Simon weds Carrie Fisher
1984 – Andrea Doria’s safe opened
1984 – LA federal jury acquits auto maker John Z DeLorean on cocaine charges
1984 – Largest harness racing purse ($2,161,000-Nihilator wins $1,080,500)
1984 – NASA launches Ampte
1985 – Madonna weds Sean Penn on her 27th birthday
1986 – Sudan rebels shoot a Fokker’s F-27 down, 57 killed
1986 – “Papa Don’t Preach,” goes #1 for 2 weeks
Pop Star MadonnaPop Star Madonna 1986 – Madonna’s “True Blue,” album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single
1987 – Astrological Harmonic Convergence-Dawn of New Age
1987 – NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
1987 – Northwest Airlines 255 plane crashes in Detroit, 156 die (1 lives)
1987 – Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
1988 – Butch Reynolds runs world record 400 m (43.29)
1988 – IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence
1988 – Jailed black nationalist Nelson Mandela struck with tuberculosis
1988 – Mayor Koch says he plans to wipe out street-corner windshield washers
1989 – Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
1989 – A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.
1990 – China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1990 – Iraq orders 4000 Britons & 2500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq
1991 – Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants
1991 – Pres Bush declares recession is near an end
Anti-apartheid activist/South African President Nelson MandelaAnti-apartheid activist/South African President Nelson Mandela 1992 – 20th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sherri Steinhaur
1992 – 74th PGA Championship: Nick Price shoots a 278 at Bellerive St Louis
1992 – Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k (7:28.96)
1993 – The Debian distribution was first announced by Ian Murdock, then a student at Purdue University. Murdock initially called his system the “Debian Linux Release”
1994 – Chandrika Kumaratungo’s party wins Sri Lanka elections
1994 – Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA
1997 – For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
1998 – 80th PGA Championship at Sahalee CC, Seattle WA
1998 – Weetabix Women’s British Golf Open
2003 – U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
2005 – West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing the 160 aboard.
2008 – Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 summer olympics.
2011 – Beginning of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid
2012 – Miguna Miguna fails to return to Kenya from Canada where he fled to hide after unleashing a torrent of abuses, insults, dares and defamation in book form and other means, including verbal and even sign language directed at everyone he has an ax to grind against, starting from Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga on down to his relatives, dead and alive. Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere, who Miguna has trashed too as a “joker” and his team waited at the airport for Miguna per his instructions to accord him the protection he demanded that he says cannot be less than an an armored car and convoy of elite forces to transport him to wherever and accord him around the clock protection.
2013 – Uncontrollable laughter across Kenya and the Kenyan diaspora as people recall the events of the day a year before while others are still crying over same and even worse for them, what ensued a few months later. President Raila Amolo Odinga issues a presidential pardon of Miguna Miguna who is doing time for excessive hyperbole, boisterousness, lying, madness and uncontrolled rage.

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