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By | November 16th 2011 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Now Gloria Cain has come to the defence of hubby and potential White House material Herman over allegations that he had sexually harassed and settled with two women while he was president of the National Restaurant Association. Even as she backs her man, analysts say the allegations have damaged the former Godfather’s CEO’s support base among Republican women. Wouldn’t you be a character witness for a man who claims God convinced him to enter the race for the presidency? Just like Moses felt unworthy, Cain claims he has been anointed to sweep the Obamas out of office next year. Get your ringside seats folks.

Is it true hundreds of parents have lined up girls for circumcision next month in Pokot and Marakwet or are they nostalgic for the Stone and Middle Ages?

Secrets can be such burdensome stuff. Even after spoiling for a fight and pouring out the world’s secrets onto the Internet and an avid reading public, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange finds himself in familiar waters after he lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden to answer sex crime allegations. Why, pray does a man who has led a secret-spilling organisation wish to be so secretive about alleged rape and molestation claims?

While Palaver respects our intense need for privacy, it is still pertinent to ask about the whereabouts of some opinion shapers who literally dropped out of sight. Why are the news pages and TV screens not having Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Phillip Murgor, Bernard Chunga, Amos Wako, Peter Munya, Francis Lekolool, Maina Njenga, Orie Rogo-Manduli, Patrick Njiru, Musa Sirma, Francis Atwoli, Taib Ali Taib and John Githongo. Palaver would like to know what these eminent citizens are up to.

And finally...

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An avid reader asked me to share this gem: "Be thankful for what you have. Think differently and positively. Live life with no excuses and love with no regrets. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1,000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling... And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it.

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