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Palaver

COMMENTARY
By | October 11th 2010

Forget our little Nyayo National Stadium spat with soft drink giant Coca-Cola. Nyayo Stadium failed to get on the Coke side of life over a naming row and cancelled a three-year, Sh117 million contract.

Now Premier League and England star Wayne Rooney’s deal with Coca-Cola worth Sh75 million is in doubt. Reason: Media reports claim the Manchester United striker was unfaithful with prostitutes while his wife was pregnant.

What are we to make of Belgut MP Charles Keter and Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto’s sudden, Centurion Saul-like bolt of light on the way to Damascus? Are they saying they were party to, or privy to incriminating party meetings that left swathes of Kenya burning? Why has it taken them so long to volunteer this information?

Life is back to normal again. Kaddu Party chairman and Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo has again called for Luhya unity for Western Province to get a fighting chance to enter the House on the Hill in 2012. Also, Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny (pictured) is back and he is categorical that William Ruto’s allies are now seriously in the business of forming a new political party to lead Rift Valley voters out of the Raila Odinga-led Orange outfit, ODM. Palaver hopes they don’t call it ODM-Asili or Kamili. There are already too many Orange, Ford and People parties around.

Councillor Rahim Dawood of Commercial ward in Meru is threatening to upstage Makadara’s Mike Sonko after he shared out his Sh90,000, three months salary among nine beneficiaries. CouncillorDawood gave Sh10,000 to each, in keeping with a 2007 pre-election pledge to dole out his entire salary to his residents. Some other high-profile people that dish out their earnings are billionaires Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and FaceBook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Like Dawood, Mr Sonko has expressed a similar splash-out.

And finally...

When words are repeated but transposed and grammar changed, to give new meaning it is called an antimetabole. An example is; “Eat to live, not live to eat”. But this one surely is interesting: “It’s better to be kissed by a fool than to be fooled by a kiss!” Have a kiss-free day.


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