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Miguna slams media for biased coverage of heckling incident

Controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna has accused the media of dramatizing an incident where he was recently heckled at a funeral in Homa Bay.

Miguna, known for his outspoken nature, says only three hecklers out of hundreds in attendance, jeered him at the funeral. He also claimed the media did not report when he is frequently cheered at other events.

He faulted the media for reporting he was booed for castigating Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga who he accused of not embracing multiparty democracy.

In a tweet after the incident, the lawyer argued he has been cheered in previous events across Nyanza but no one reported the same.

“I was widely cheered at three events in Nyando, Nyakach and Muhorini last week after publicly calling out Raila Odinga but the media didn’t report those events. They now scream over three hecklers,” he tweeted.

At the funeral in Homa Bay, he said he has had at least three opportunities to speak to people from the lake region since he came back from Canada.

During his speech, he began by conveying his condolence to the bereaved family.

“I just want to say a few words. This is the second or the third opportunity that I have to speak to the people of Nyanza,” Dr Miguna said.

He went ahead to castigate Mr Odinga saying the opposition leader berated him.

According to the lawyer, he played a role in ensuring Mr Odinga becomes the president in 2017 but the ODM leader decided to work with retired president Uhuru Kenyatta after his loss.

It was at this moment when hell broke loose.

“I must speak whether you jeer or do anything,” Dr Miguna said as the crowd shouted at him.

Besides drumming up support for President William Ruto, he decided to castigate the ODM leader accusing him of being behind some of the political woes facing people in Nyanza.

According to him, 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 jeered.

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 decided to walk out of the funeral as the service was ongoing.

Former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and Lake Victoria South Water Works Development Agency Chairman Odoyo Owidi were among mourners at the funeral.

They remained behind until the service was over.

In his tweet, Dr Miguna defended himself saying he had another engagement in Kisumu.

“The MC announced that I had to speak first because I had another engagement in Kisumu. I spoke and left for that engagement,” he said.

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