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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Miguna makes comeback as PM’s advisor


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This follows the completion of investigations into allegations of misconduct/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 28 – The suspension of the advisor on coalition matters in the Prime Minister’s office Miguna Miguna has now been lifted.
This follows the completion of investigations into allegations of misconduct which had been levelled against him.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s office stated that Miguna should resume his role with immediate effect and that his outstanding salary and allowances will be paid in full.
“All pending judicial proceedings on this matter stand, subject to the necessary notification to the courts, terminated forthwith,” the statement issued by the PM’s Chief of Staff Caroli Omondi said.
“Other aspects of this matter will be dealt with internally in accordance with the established rules and procedures on human resource management of the public service.”
Miguna for his part described the decision as timely as it showed that justice had been served.
“I think it would be important that I express my gratefulness that I’ve been completely vindicated; that in the fullness of time, truth ultimately prevails over falsehoods and justice over evil,” he said.
He however stated that he would take time to think over the decision before he speaks on it.
“I’ve just received the news, though I was made aware of it yesterday. I’m going to take my time and analyse, digest and understand it fully before I can give any further comment,” he explained.
Miguna was suspended on August 4 this year for gross misconduct but he moved to court to quash the decision and to compel the Prime Minister’s office to pay his salary and benefits that were stopped.
Suspended without pay, he was ordered by the permanent secretary in the PM’s office, Mohamed Isahakia, to leave office immediately and hand over government property.
He was accused of misrepresenting the Office of the Prime Minister, in an article he wrote which criticised the then Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) particularly its chairman, Isaack Hassan, whom he accused of unfairly taking all the credit for the commission’s good work so far.
His suspension came at a time when the IIEC was in uproar, unsettled by anonymously authored complaints which the commissioners characterised as a hate campaign but which raised troubling questions on corruption and nepotism.
The IIEC had suspended Allan Odongo, an aide to commission’s chief electoral officer James Oswago, after the same document, along with others in the same vein, was allegedly found in his computer.
The commission also recalled Oswago from a foreign trip and called the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate what it termed a ‘hate campaign.’
Miguna maintained he was innocent and claimed not having received the letter kicking him out of office and blamed his suspension on what he terms as the “merchants of impunity.”
Last week, the PM appointed lawyer Paul Mwangi to be his advisor on legal affairs.

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