The Star (Nairobi)

19 February 2013

Kenya: Maid Planned to Poison Me, Claims Miguna

PRIME Minister Raila Odinga's former aide Miguna Miguna says his life is in danger and is demanding 24-hour police protection. Miguna claimed associates of Raila had recruited his housemaid Millicent Warindu to assassinate him.

The former Advisor to the PM on Coalition Affairs said the maid had confessed to his nephew that she had been approached by his two former bodyguards now assigned to an ODM cabinet minister to execute the plot.

"They offered her Sh1 million and gave her poison to put in my food this week. They also offered to give her gadgets to tape all my telephone conversations, my conversations with third parties who visit me at home and to report to them details of my movements," Miguna claimed.

The motive was to pay him back for occasioning "a wave of rebellion against the PM in Luo Nyanza." Yesterday Frankline Bett, the Head of Raila's Presidential Coordination Committee said Miguna was talking nonsense.

"What value is there in killing Miguna or any human being? Miguna should find better ways to market and sell his books instead of dragging Raila's name in his domestic issues," said Bett.

Miguna said on learning about the plot, he immediately terminated the house-help early yesterday morning and paid her Sh10,000 for her February salary. He confiscated her phone in order to aid police investigations. He did not indicate if he confiscated the poison.

"There was no physical contact between me or my nephew and her," Miguna said. He claims the "agents" and "top ODM officials" kept calling the phone which he had confiscated and that the house-help entered the home of a senior ODM cabinet minister in his Runda neighborhood.

Miguna said that the Millicent later returned to his house with two junior police officers while he was away at a police station recording a statement about the incident.

"However, when invited inside, she boarded a motor-cycle, which she had come with, panicked and left," Miguna said. He claimed the lady "went straight" to the Office of Prime Minister to be debriefed.

Yesterday the housemaid told the Star that she had been taken by surprise when Miguna suddenly woke up and kicked her out of the house.

Milicent Atieno Warindu, who has worked at Miguna's house for four years went to Runda police station and made the report OB No.12/ 18/2/2013.

"I was still asleep at about 6am when I heard him calling my name. He demanded that I give him all my mobile phones but as I was getting them he followed me to my room and grabbed them. He then ordered me to pack my bags and take them t the sitting room saying he cannot live with a criminal. He asked for all the house keys in my possession which i gave," Milicent told the Star.

She said that Miguna asked his nephew identified as Hesbon Otieno to lock all the doors and allegedly made her to sign a document she did not read.

"He asked me if he had paid me all my salary since I started working for him and I answered in the affirmative. He then told me that he cannot live with me in his house because I am a criminal and want to kill him with the assistance of police and boda boda operators. He said he can't live with a criminal who supports Raila and then asked me to leave his house. When I demanded for my phone he declined to give it to me and instead started chasing me. I opened the gate and ran to Runda police station where I made the report and requested for assistance," the house help narrated.

She waited at the police station until about 11 am when she boarded a police vehicle with four officers. However, the senior officer then delegated his two juniors to accompany her to Miguna's house but she declined. She is now hiding with her relatives.

Millicent said that she had cooked dinner for Miguna on Sunday night and there had been no misunderstanding until yesterday morning.

Miguna launched his second book about Raila called "Kidneys for the King" last Saturday. He claimed the title was inspired by threats that his supporters would come for his kidneys if he wrote the sequel to Peeling Back the Mask.

Over the weekend, Miguna endorsed Uhuru Kenyatta for president despite his long association with ODM. Miguna said he will continue to fight and expose the PM.

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