Posted by WAMBUI NDONGA on August 4, 2011
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 â€“ Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Thursday suspended his advisor on coalition affairs Miguna Miguna over gross misconduct, abuse of office and harassment of junior officers.
According to the suspension letter, the outspoken advisor will not be entitled to any pay for the entire time when he will be suspended pending investigations into his conduct.
Dr Miguna, who has served as the PM’s advisor since 2008, has also been asked to hand over all his assignments at the PM’s office to the Secretary Administration and also surrender all government assets under his custody.
When he was appointed to the PM’s office, he had access to a government car, drivers, body guards, government house, other public wares and also a plum salary.
“I have been instructed by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister that you be and are hereby suspended from performing your duties as the advisor, Coalitions Affairs with immediate effect,” read the letter written by the Permanent Secretary Office of the PM, Mohamed Isahakia.
Dr Miguna wrote an article in one of the local dailies, last month, criticising the leadership of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission chairperson, Issack Hassan.
In the article Dr Miguna said that Mr Hassan did not deserve to be credited for the IIEC’s successes calling him a poor leader.
“As a lawyer, Isaack’s record is patchy. He isn’t a good courtroom lawyer, nor is he a good drafter or negotiator. In fact, Issac isn’t quick on his feet. He floundered badly when the â€˜red brigade’ invaded the Bomas of Kenya where the IIEC was releasing results for the referendum,” read Dr Miguna’s article.
“If he couldn’t handle such a simple electoral exercise, he certainly can’t manage presidential, gubernatorial, parliamentary and civic elections with a ten metre-long ballot paper,” it added.
He further accused Mr Hassan of abusing his office when he recently declined to de-gazette 34 nominated councillors as had been requested by the Orange Democratic Movement.
In the article, Dr Miguna also said that the IIEC chairperson did not deserve to be reappointed as the head of the yet to be constituted Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“People tend to serenade Isaack with all the successes of the interim electoral body without asking whether those praises are well deserved,” he said.
However Mr Hassan has not been the only one who has also received Dr Miguna’s backlash.
Former President Daniel arap Moi has also found himself on the receiving end with Dr Miguna criticising his leadership style.
Dr Miguna has also been at the center of a dual citizenship controversy, being a holder of a Kenyan and Canadian passport, although the law effecting this allowance has not yet been enacted.
Several political leaders had asked the Premier to suspend his advisor over the issue until his citizenship issue was resolved.
The politicians also asked the PM to open criminal investigations against Dr Miguna.
Reports indicate that he went on a self imposed exile in Canada during the former President’s reign before returning to Kenya in 2007 when he even attempted to run for the Nyando Parliamentary seat but lost.