Wednesday, October 24, 2007


What was the good Dr Newton Kulundu thinking when he decided to offer his hand to US Ambassador, Mr Michael Ranneberger, just moments after kumkondolea macho (staring at him) as he let loose a salvo on America’s record on human rights?

Having satisfied himself with his tirade on Iraq (which Ranneberger carefully avoided in his remarks later) Kulundu should have sauntered back to his seat to enjoy the results of his insolence. Instead, he set the stage for some comical hand-dodging. Note to the doctor: Don’t let go of the reins when you get on your high horse.


Nyagah, "the toothless one", must be ruing the day he ever started referring to himself that way. Politics is no joke.
When he organised a rally to launch his defence of the Kamkunji seat over the weekend, fellow PNU aspirants had the temerity to try to find out just how toothless he was. Seems they felt he was no longer the "most powerful man" what with unemployment looming for him. Fortunately, rather than trade blows with (or bare teeth at) lesser men, he let them have their day...

Central Kenya’s penchant for avoiding the ballot box on Election Day seems to be inspiring some politicians to come up with interesting solutions. Just weeks after voters were cajoled by the President himself not to "pretend to be busy working", immediate former Mathioya MP, Mr Joseph Kamotho, has suggested that people who don’t vote are fined. He says Australia has criminalised vote-dodging, slapping $50 (Sh3,500) fines on those who stay home. Does he really want riled up voters who would rather be at work at the ballot box?


Stories about sugar tend to raise more questions than they answer. One strange one quotes Mumias Sugar Company’s Dr Evans Kidero saying the taxman intends to pour Sh34 million worth of sugar into the Indian Ocean. We won’t go into the details of the bizarre squabble over investigations into the ‘counterfeit’ sugar (real sugar packed in fake MSC bags). We’re just perplexed at the proposed solution. Why not pour it into Shimo la Tewa Prison and save Uncle Moody a few coins for uniforms?

And finally …

An Australian cemetery is training its gravediggers as lifesavers and has installed a defibrillator on the premises to jumpstart grief-stricken mourners who regularly collapse at funerals. They estimate that they will be ‘chasing away business’ at the rate of one person every two months.