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Palaver

By | December 12th 2011 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Clement Waibara may not the most eloquent chap you might run into when it comes to the language Prince Charles plies his trade in. In fact folks went to court accusing him of dodging, evading and generally not being English-compliant. However, the man was on TV last week thanking callers and heaping praise on God was touching. The relief of a job retained was palpable. He is one of very few MPs to survive a 2007 poll petition, English or no English.

Colleague P Wachira sends this Health Message: "If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. Meanwhile, a whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and yet it is still fat.

But what of the rabbit that runs and hops and only lives 15 years? The tortoise, on the other hand doesn’t run, does nothing...yet Mzee Kobe lives for 450 years! And you tell me to exercise! Bure Kabisa !" Dear Reader, how can we help a fellow with such attitude?

In these times of wobbly mashilingi, evaporating petrol, menacing bulldozers, ‘interesting’ banks, unseasoned rains, teeming refugee camps, homegrown IDPs and Somali militia, what became of the National Poverty eradication Commission headed by Prof Gilbert Oluoch? Is this what a moribund commission looks like? Wouldn’t it be better merged with the Vision 2030 secretariat? Mr President, does this team have an opinion (any opinion) on this Tunaomba Serikali thing?

Folks, it will take a while for peace to break out. Public defender Francis Atwoli is back, soon after this column covered its ears from his defeaning silence. Teachers, lecturers, doctors, nurses, flower farm workers, a certain broadcaster, aviation staff etc have had their day on Salary Street, screaming "Haki yetu! Solidarity Forever! No money, No Work! What next?

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And finally…

An ODM MP tells Palaver that a recent poll loser is so bitter and is wielding a Samurai sword, hacking at the shadows responsible for his loss. The legislator suggests that the aspirant should manage loss better by buying a full page advert and start by thanking his would-be constituents and wait one more year, as the ‘wound’ heals. Well said, methinks.

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