“On a very separate note, Dr. Willy Mutunga and Miguna Miguna are friends. When the current Chief Justice was polishing up his doctorate at the Osgoode Law School at York University in northern Toronto in the early nineties, Miguna Miguna was also slaving away at his Law degree in the same institution. In fact both were residents of separate apartments in the Assiniboine quarters of York for those Kenyans who are familiar with that campus. Along with James Karanja, Omondi Obanda, Onyango Oloo, Adong'o Ogony, Kathure Kebaara and other progressive Kenyans both helped formed the Committee for Democracy in Kenya in 1992 which contributed to the struggle against Moi's one party dictatorship in those days. Willy was our convener and mentor.”-from a post on Jukwaa, the online Kenyan political discussion forum.
- Miguna knows Willy personally;
- There are literally a mere HANDFUL of real activists who have managed to penetrate those edifices of real political power- Willy and Raila being only amongst most high profile. At a slightly lower rung are people like Miguna Miguna who occupied sensitive positions in the corridors of state power.
Visionaries raise our view of the possible. Strategists chart the vision and achieve what’s attainable. Statespersons elevate the cause in the minds of both the public and decision-makers. Experts wield knowledge to back up the movement's positions. Outside Sparkplugs goad and energize, fiercely holding those in power to account. Inside Advocates understand how to turn power structures and established rules and procedures to advantage. Strategic Communicators deploy the rhetoric to intensify and direct public passion toward the movement’s objectives. Movement Builders generate optimism and good will, infecting others with dedication to the common good. Generalists anchor a movement, grounded in years of experience. Historians uphold a movement’s memory, collecting and conveying its stories. Cultural Activists pair movements with powerful cultural forces. The happy confluence of each of these leadership roles is the hallmark of a successful movement-
"Leadership Roles Within an Activist Movement", Institute for Sustainable Communities(Advocacy and Leadership Center)
His hot off the press Peeling Back the Mask will add to the canon not only of our national patriotic political memoirs, but more poignantly for people like myself, it will contribute to the growing catalogue of the Kenyan literature of exile (and return).
What Miguna told me was eye popping and eye opening.
As far as I can remember, I do not remember either of them lying to me about anything.
“Where is my friend Onyango Oloo who was sitting just behind me a few minutes ago? I wanted him to hear me say this. I am tired of people like Onyango Oloo who is always harping on what they did for the struggle twenty, thirty years ago? Why this obsession with the past? What are you doing TODAY??!!”
Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories. .
Like everyone else, I am dying to read the book.