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#FreeMigunaMigunaNow Has Kenyans Split Over Whether a Controversial Lawyer Should Be Released From Prison

Miguna Miguna was arrested last week in connection to his role in Raila Odinga's swearing in ceremony.

Kenyan political activist and controversial lawyer, Miguna Miguna was arrested last week in connection to his role in presiding over the makeshift "swearing-In" of Raila Odinga as the "people's president."

After spending the weekend in jail depite an initial court order, it appears Miguna is still being held in contempt. Judge Luka Kimaru of the High Court asked authorities to allow Miguna to appear in court on Friday, but police officers did not comply and failed to produce Miguna for his court appearance.

According to Miguna's lawyer Edwin Sifuna, he suffered an asthma attack while in police custody and was refused medical attention. "We are fearing for the life of Miguna. Is he alive? Is he dead? Is he in a hospital," asked his lawyer during the court appearance.

Now, many Kenyans are divided about whether or not Miguna should be releases. While some believe that he is being held unlawfully and should be released immediately, others are pointing out some of Miguna's past offenses as reason for him to remain in police custody.

Many on the social media are sharing their thoughts with the hashtag #FreeMigunaMigunaNow.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has once again been ordered to produce Miguna for a hearing at 9 AM on Tuesday. We'll have to wait and see if he delivers this time around, and what the Kenyan people will have to say about it.


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My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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