Miguna heckled at Homa Bay funeral
Controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna found himself between a rock and a hard place when a group of mourners heckled him for castigating Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga.
Dr Miguna who was addressing mourners at a burial in Kasipul in Homa Bay county on May 15, 2023 had to end his speech prematurely when a crowd started jeering him for accusing Mr Odinga for allegedly forcing people in Nyanza into one party system.
The lawyer who fell out with the ODM leader was among mourners at the funeral of a couple, Elly Omondi and his wife Emmaculate Aluoch who died in a traffic accident along Kisumu-Kisii highway.
Omondi was an employee of Kisumu’s water supply company, Kiwasco.
Dr Miguna who arrived at the funeral in Kong’ondo village a few minutes before 2 pm surrendered the microphones to the master of ceremony when the crowd started mocking him.
From the onset, he appeared to have been well prepared for the day and probably knew that he would be booed.
He began his speech in Dholuo before switching to English.
He took the war between President William Ruto and Mr Odinga to the funeral.
When speaking, the lawyer drummed up support for the Head of State.
“The President is called William Ruto. He is the president whether you like it or not,” he said.
But he castigated the Mr Odinga, accusing him of being behind some of the political woes facing people in Nyanza.
According to Miguna, the Luo community does not like multiparty democracy, implying that they love ODM more than other parties.
“We must embrace multiparty democracy. Raila fought for it and was sent to detention,” Dr Miguna said
As Dr Miguna spoke, some people cheered while others made all sorts of noise including others blowing vuvuzela.
He said fighting for multiparty democracy was for Kenyans to enjoy the fruits of independence.
However, because of Mr Odinga, he claimed, the Nyanza region is not enjoying the fruits of independence.
“Right now the people of Nyanza are not enjoying the fruits of independence because of one man Raila Amollo Odinga. I have said it,” Dr Miguna said.
He later handed over the microphone and stepped out of the dias.
He did not go back to his seat but left the funeral as mourners shouted at him.
As he was walking away, some mourners dared him to speak ill about Mr Odinga.
“Raila ok mbasni. Kwenda kabisa ( Raila is not your age mate. Go away),” one man shouted at him.
“Don’t speak ill about Raila. We are in pain and you are making it worse,” another shouted.
Some mourners were baying for his blood as we walked away.