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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

IN KISUMU, RAILA IS 'HONOURABLE'



IN KISUMU, RAILA IS 'HONOURABLE'
Kisumu, Kenya: You do not slight 'baba' in his stronghold, whether by a slip of the tongue or deliberately. That is a lesson Kisumu County Woman Representative Rose Nyamunga learned on Tuesday when she referred to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as "retired PM". Delegates kept murmuring until she profusely apologised and withdrew the word "retired", replacing it with "right honorable." All went quiet. But she was not the only one. Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero referred to Raila as "right reverend", but only attracted chuckles from delegates. Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor declared his credentials before hundreds of delegates attending the devolution conference on Tuesday. Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro was in his affable element. So generous was he with his jokes that he decided to preach straight from the Bible. When his message of Ephesians Chapter 4 sounded too harsh to delegates, he reminded them he was merely quoting the Bible. See Also: ODM candidate Memusi floors JAP's Tutui in Kajiado by-election He also took the opportunity to confirm what only morticians love to negate: "From where I sit, devolution is alive and kicking." Conference facilitator Prof Karuti Kanyinga repeatedly reminded delegates he was not Milly Lwanga after he stepped in to moderate a session meant for the former NCIC commissioner: "For the record, I am not Milly Lwanga."