The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Miguna Gets Warm Welcome in Nyeri

FORMER Prime Minister's aide Miguna Miguna yesterday received a "heroic welcome" in Karatina and Nyeri towns. His arrival in towns caused a stir as hundreds of residents jostled to have a glimpse of him and shake his hand.

In a convoy of about 20 vehicles and 30 boda bodas, Miguna stopped to address the residents at Karatina town on the way to Nyeri town to popularise his book; Peeling Back the Mask.

In Nyeri town, business came to a standstill when his convoy snaked through the town creating a heavy traffic jam. Unlike Kisumu and Mombasa where he needed police protection, the residents of Nyeri received Miguna warmly.

Miguna said he was happy with the warm reception the Nyeri residents accorded him. He claimed goons had been organised to disrupt his functions in Mombasa and Kisumu towns, adding that he knows how much they were paid and where the attacks were planned.

Miguna thanked the Nyeri people for the warm reception saying it was a great contrast compared to other areas. "This is encouraging for Nyeri people. I'm very happy. I believe in Peace and tolerance," he said, adding that Kenyan is one nation with one people. Miguna challenged Prime Minister Raila Odinga to condemn that Mombasa hooliganism.

He said he will visit Murang'a, Embu, Meru, Thika and Machakos towns in the first leg of the event before unfolding the timetable for the second leg. "I know who gave the orders and where they were paid. I have a right of movement, speech and right of association and nobody however powerful has a right to deny me my rights," he added.

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