Friday, March 30, 2007

REUTER'S BLUNDER

With all their reports, Reuters couldn't recognize Interim Somali Prime Minister, Prof Ali Gedi who was in Riyadh for an Arab Summit....



KENYA WEEKEND POLITICS....
A nondescript MP Geoffrey Masanya has finally found his voice. And when he did, the representative of Nyamiraƕs North Mugirango could only mouth the word SALARIES. To Masanya, MPs emoluments are peanuts barely enough to satisfy the huge appetites of their constituents. Adelina Mwau, though she is a Nominated MP, knows it. Does CDF exist in a country called Kenya?
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Debate over the Hummer just refuses to go away. Mark Njoroge thinks it's time to set the record straight. The vehicle doesn't cost anything near Sh45m, and Raila Odinga's make goes for $57,000 or Sh3.9 million. MPs have a duty-free car facility so Raila just paid shipping fee.
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There is nothing wrong with an MP or anybody else driving a Hummer if he can afford it, says Dominic Gathuru. “With a Sh500,000 tax-free monthly salary, MPs can afford Hummers, Cadillacs, Jaguars, or any other expensive model.” However, he would like prospective buyers of the American car to go for the H3, which is made in South Africa to African specifications.
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Why is it that Mungiki only bothers matatu touts, drivers and you. Government, police and matatu owners don't care a hoot about it. Are Mungiki and matatu cartels one and the same? And have you heard the latest? A prominent Kiambu personality hobnobs with top Mungiki men, and they even exchange cars!
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KBC has started Channel 2, a 24-hour entertainment programme courtesy of Dubai Channel 2. If the preview is anything to go by, it's a regurgitation of Kung Fu and Bruce Lee. Kenyans have been sourcing all manner of goods from Dubai. KBC has now completed the cycle. Whereas KBC Channel 1 is a lot Kenyan, the other is foreign.
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There comes a time ... even for a formidable sportsman such as Ethiopian athlete Kenenisa Bekele. But the problem with many greats is that they find it difficult to accept that it's over when it's over. The athlete blames his failure at the Mombasa cross country to sand, asphalt and weather. But there's another: His time is up!
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To ensure that MPs don’t sleep during the State Opening of Parliament speech by the President, they should be required to remain standing through the entire address, says Patrick Gitau. And he says it will not be something peculiar to Kenya as that is the traditional practice in the United Kingdom, which requires that British lawmakers stand throughout the speech by the Queen, who like our President, is also their Head of State. “That way, you’ll never see anyone napping,” Patrick swears.
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And Finally,
As Nairobi council officials brusquely go about enforcing the city by-law, which requires all buildings taller than four storeys to have serviceable lifts, they are literally leaving the log in their own eye and somehow clearly managing to see specks in other people’s eyes, notes Mwangi Kagunda. He adds: “The real irony is that not a single lift at City Hall itself is serviceable. What a crying shame!”