Friday, October 12, 2007


From the look of things, President Kibaki should be counting his last days in office, warns Wahome Thuku. He adds: “Even from his central Kenya backyard, he may not perform as well as he expects. This because hundreds of youths from Nairobi to Murang’a and Nyeri to the Rift Valley, who would have voted for him are languishing in remand or in police cells facing trumped-up charges of illegal hawking or allegedly being members of the outlawed Mungiki sect.”


Is the Kenya Dairy Board not a parastatal? asks Muriuki Ngaine, noting that the list of public appointments issued by Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua in his bid to show there has been no discrimination in the allocation of public sector jobs, did not include the name of its MD, Paul Gichohi Machina. “What about the Tea Board of Kenya? Its MD, Cecily Kariuki’s name, was also not on that list.”

What a rash of talent we have queueing to get into the Tenth Parliament. Pharmaceutical experts, propagandists, miracle workers and exorcists are all represented. No political entourage is complete without this assortment of courtiers and the village madman. Trying to work out how many of them you can keep out with your one vote can be very depressing...

What a send-off ODM’s short-lived "first minister", Mrs Charity Ngilu got! First, a 400,000-voiced ovation then spontaneous tears from staff near and dear. Nurses with less than savoury things to say about Mama have mostly kept their gripes to themselves. (They haven’t forgotten how she dramatically broke a strike at Kenyatta National Hospital). Years from now the next Dr Alfred Mutua may make a movie about this saga, featuring an Evita-style Ngilu singing "Don’t cry for me Kenya..."

And finally...

A shameless New York woman looking for a rich husband got a surprise when she posted an ad on an online site. The anonymous 25-year-old woman wanted a husband who earns more than $500,000 (Sh33 million) a year.
A mystery Wall Street banker replied saying he fit the bill, but thought it was "a crappy business deal."

The banker was seriously saying....
"Your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity. In economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning asset. It doesn’t make good business sense to "buy you" (which is what you’re asking) so I’d rather lease!"