Friday, September 28, 2007


President Kibaki’s new Party of National Unity has been variously referred to as PNU and Panu in the media. PNU sounds similar to GNU and Panu is curiously close to Kanu. Now that GNU has been rattled and some former allies left out of the chosen few, should we believe PNU is not the acronym? If so, Panu could as well be Kanu by another name now that the chairman, Uhuru Kenyatta, is among the ‘chosen few!’ The Kibaki Tena lobby should clear the confusion, is it PNU, Panu or as Palaver has heard from other quarters, Panua!

Effective social marketing and propaganda are key ingredients for a political campaign. But President Kibaki must be overly confident that even as his rivals, ODM’s Raila Odinga and ODM-Kenya’s Kalonzo Musyoka traverse the country campaigning for the December General Election, no clear communication is coming from the President’s camp. What is up, director of communications Mary Mukindia, or are you assembling a coalition of secretariats?

And finally …

President Hugo Chavez has railed against a new trend in beauty-conscious Venezuela, giving girls breast implants for their 15th birthday. "Now some people think, ‘My daughter’s turning 15, let’s give her breast enlargements.’ That’s horrible. It’s the ultimate degeneration," said Chavez.