Sensational Book Turns Odinga Inside out! Kenya's Next General Election Has Been Fixed for March 2013. It Will Elect the Fourth President of the Country, and See a Change of Guard at State House in Terms of Ideology. Raila Odinga, the Man Widely Tipped to Become the Fourth President, Is Having a Particularly Rough Time. A New Book Has Added to His Woes, Reports Wanjohi Kabukuru from Nairobi

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Sensational Book Turns Odinga Inside out! Kenya's Next General Election Has Been Fixed for March 2013. It Will Elect the Fourth President of the Country, and See a Change of Guard at State House in Terms of Ideology. Raila Odinga, the Man Widely Tipped to Become the Fourth President, Is Having a Particularly Rough Time. A New Book Has Added to His Woes, Reports Wanjohi Kabukuru from Nairobi


Odinga, Raila, New African


THE RACE TO ELECT KENYA'S fourth president since independence has so far attracted the well-known political names in the country, even though some greenhorns have emerged from the woodwork. As President Mwai Kibaki is retiring at the next election, the battle to succeed him is turning out to be a high stakes battle.

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Already the key contenders have hit the campaign trail, but the man the punters have put their money on is having a rough time. Raila Odinga, the lively prime minister of Kenya, says he will run on a "reformist" agenda, but even before his campaign moves into full gear, all hell has broken loose.

And this is thanks to Miguna Miguna, the advisor on constitutional affairs that Odinga sacked last year. He has written a tell-all book which is clearly aimed at crippling Odinga's campaign even before it starts.

Peeling the Mask: A Quest for Justice In Kenya, is Miguna's latest salvo aimed at the man he once vocally defended. The book shows Odinga in unflattering terms. A former loyalist and confidant of Odinga, Miguna is using the inside information he obtained in those days to expose the man who sacked him.

The Goo-page book has left many Kenyans and Odinga's closest supporters, especially those in the diplomatic community, in shock. Miguna paints the prime minister, in the book, as unworthy of high office, and cites many examples to explain why. No wonder the book has caused a political storm in Nairobi, as the gory allegations therein have given Odinga's opponents a field day. His supporters, however, are furious, and have mounted a counter-offensive to turn Miguna, who hails from the same community as Odinga, into an item of national scorn.

Days after the release of the book, Miguna's effigy was burned in his hometown of Nyando, which is in Nyanza, the bedrock of Odinga's diehard supporters.

Odinga's campaign team is now in overdrive, trying to deflate the damage Miguna's book has caused. They see him as out to undermine the prime minister's political career, and view the book as a work influenced by malice and sour grapes after Miguna fell out with Odinga. …

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