Thursday, November 08, 2007


Having seen the amazing benefits of the Government’s new slash-and-burn approach to its rules on street hawking, logging, sand-harvesting and farming in forests, smokers in Nairobi are demanding equal consideration.
"We are tired of polluting the environment around smelly City Council toilets," one says. "Can we get an election-time exemption from the Environment minister like everyone else?"

Speaking of which ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, was recently reported as having told a Rotary Club meeting he would abolish the Electronic Tax Register. The taxman must be horrified at the thought!

Trust the Electoral Commission chairman Mr Samuel Kivuitu to throw a spanner in the works as everyone clamours to get him asked to stay on. Five more years or nothing, he says. Methinks he could quickly become commissioner for life at this rate!

Palaver has been trying to think of a tasteful little joke about Kaddu chairman, Mr Cyrus Jirongo, and the ODM Hummer. It involves him hanging on to its side and chanting slogans as it winds its way through traffic for a while then falling off unceremoniously and being left behind. But we just can’t seem to find a way to phrase it just right...

If we all cast our votes just right, we could put an end to all sleeping in Parliament. A look at the aspirants lined up to compete for seats in the Tenth Parliament shows an unusually large number of comedians. Time to spread the work of keeping things light in Bunge to some new talent!

And finally...

How’s this for a freak accident:

A cow plunged from a 61-metre cliff onto the bonnet of a vehicle on a highway in central Washington state. The car’s occupants were not hurt in Sunday’s accident, but the 272 kilogramme cow had to be put down at the scene.
"If the cow had fallen a split second later, the animal would have landed right in their laps," said local police. The cow had been missing for two days. No word on where it was going.