By Peter Kimani
In spite of the advance notice, police have failed to warn the public to avoid certain city streets, particularly the Hotel Intercontinental neighbourhood, the epicentre of volcanic eruptions emanating from Miguna Miguna’s book to be launched tomorrow.
It’s no exaggeration Miguna’s book, Peeling Back the Mask, which he promised would be a “volcano,” has been spewing lava hot and cold most of this week as the book was serialised in sections of the media.
The most riveting of those eruptions come in the very beginning of the text, where Tinga and Prezzo were allegedly locked in a brawl reminiscent of schoolboy tiffs.
The setting was Kilaguni resort where coalition partners ODM and PNU had retreated to review their incessant squabbles that easily turned ours into a collision government.
But rather than finding traction, the ODM and PNU factions made more farakano (disputes) which, according to Miguna, mainly stemmed from the disproportionately larger and nicer rooms allocated PNU politicians.
Tinga was particularly given short-shrift, according to Miguna, calling to mind another episode months earlier when, on a tour of the Coast Province – before some chaps declared it was not part of Kenya – he found no red carpet rolled out for him, or even a presidential toilet fitted.
Kilaguni was the mother of all madharau, Miguna writes, because Tinga not only failed to secure a presidential suite, he could not even be allowed into Prezzo’s suite when he went calling.
Instead, Miguna says, Prezzo went to the window and said rather curtly: “Wewe Raira unataka nini?” to which Tinga burst into tears. The whole fiasco, Miguna goes on, lasted a whole half an hour, during which Prezzo is reported to have told Tinga their “window” consultations were over, and Tinga should learn to relax, particularly when it’s taxpayers paying for their holiday.
Miguna claims Tinga was inconsolable and spent the rest of the day weeping, pleading, “Please don’t take me to Kibaki again...”
Such “volcanic” revelations will certainly tug at the heartstrings of many Kenyans who had no idea how Tinga has been mistreated over the past four years.