How Raila Junior convinced his dad to take the oath – Miguna Miguna
Lawyer Miguna Miguna recounts of the events that unfolded hours to the 30th January 2018 mock swearing-in ceremony of Raila Odinga as the People’s President.
In his newly released book, Treason: The case Against Tyrants and Renegade, Dr. Miguna Miguna states that Raila was contemplating to take an about-turn against the much awaited swearing in.
It was through the intervention of his son, Raila Junior, that Raila Odinga had to think twice and decided against disappointing his supporters who had already flogged Uhuru Park for the ceremony, according to the writings of Dr. Miguna.
In a closed door meeting attended by Senator Orengo, businessman Wanjigi, politician Johnstone Muthama and Raila Junior. Raila Junior stated:
“Dad?” he said, cutting off Orengo. “Look at me dad,” Junior persisted. “Look at me! Why do you think I have been attending these meetings, all over sudden? Ask yourself why. I have never taken part in your political activities before. But I have been coming to these meetings, why?” Miguna claims in his book.
Raila then responded to his son, ” I am a very experienced politician. I know what I am doing.”
“Yes, I agree that you are a very experienced politician. That is not in doubt and I am not questioning it. I agree that I have no political experience. But I am a Kenyan. And right now, I don’t trust you. I don’t believe in you. You are disappointing me. “And that’s the way millions of Kenyans think. Now, if I cannot trust you right now and I am your son who loves you a lot, how would you regain the trust of all those Kenyans who will lose trust in you completely the moment they hear that you have refused to be sworn in? Tell me how?” Junior said according to Miguna.
Raila then bowed to pressure and proceeded to Uhuru Park to be sworn-in in the absence of his co-principals (Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula).
The controversial lawyer further says that the swearing-in ceremony could have been done in Tanzania but President John Magufuli declined to give permission for the same.