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Palaver

By | January 23rd 2012 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

A curious advert in the main weekend dailies caught the attention of Palaver. Kenya’s new chief taxman considered it imperative that everyone knows that much as he shares a name with one of this newspaper’s business reporters, this baptismal aberration is but a mere coincidence, the unintended consequence of sharing a common first name. Imagine the consternation of a senior Treasury official who, blissfully unaware the two gentlemen are not related (by blood or anything else), sees a story on corruption in Government captioned, ‘By John Njiraini’. So it is necessary to set the record straight. To put it more simply, Mr John Njiraini is not Mr John Njiraini, but is actually Mr John Njiraini, okay? If this confuses you, just read the last sentence in reverse.

A picture in our sister paper The Standard on Sunday yesterday showed a man pleading with a bull not to gore him to death. Now Palaver is no guru on this weird (animal lovers call it cruel) sport, but aren’t humans supposed to be the superior ones? Thus, unless the bullfighter swapped brains with such a brute of an animal, it is highly unlikely it would understand that two hands, palms outward, raised by a human lying prone on the ground mean peace. In fact, Palaver would bet the bull probably thought they were horns. No need to guess how that contest ended!

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, that gadfly of a prosecutor is either supremely overconfident or just in love with courting controversy and goading defence teams. On Friday he announced plans to hold a Press Conference tomorrow to comment on Monday’s ruling. Question is, why on Earth would he schedule a media briefing even before he knows the ruling of the Pre-Trial Chamber judges?

And finally…

Mutula Kilonzo must be a very happy man. His statement that two of the Ocampo Six are barred by Chapter Six of the Constitution from running for political office if the charges against them are confirmed has sparked a storm, and given him more sustained publicity than he ever anticipated on Google!. Maybe those shouting themselves hoarse should remember that the Constitution must always be read as a whole and not selectively.

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