A correspondent tells Palaver: “The media-hyped non-story on whether or not US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was to have a joint meeting with the President and the PM is ridiculous to say the least. What is even more ridiculous is the pain inflicted by the US envoy’s visit on motorists in Nairobi. Yes, America is still the world’s military superpower but must her visit disrupt our lives to the extent of keeping me in traffic for hours? The way the Government scrambled to move heaven and earth to accommodate Clinton makes a mockery of hardliners in Kibaki’s Government who spew venom at the US over its stance on various issues, including the International Criminal Court.” Well put!
Where on earth did the Russian who stuck with the Kenyan duo in the marathon spring form? Russia is not known for producing marathoners but the diminutive woman was running with such deceptive ease the Kenyans didn’t see her coming until the last section of the race. She went on to snatch our bronze!
Okay girls, this is how we do it, said Gelana of Ethiopia who burned out the Kenyans to grab gold in the marathon. Not only that, but she still had enough in the tank to run a celebratory race with the flag draped on her shoulders. The ultimate athlete, Gelana kept her marvellous kick for the last mile. Reminds Palaver of that other legend, Haile Gebresalassie and his rivalry with the great Paul Tergat. The stage looks set for an entertaining future duel between Ethiopian and Kenyan in women in the near future if they stay fit.
Still on that intriguing women’s Olympic marathon, Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo is probably the best team mate you can wish for. So unselfish is she that she fetched water for her colleague even though she risked losing her momentum, which she probably did as she used more energy to catch up with the leaders.
The Government owes torture victims Sh300 million in compensation. That is the price taxpayers, some of whom were just babies when the victims were suffering in Nyayo House, have to shell out for the sins of repression.