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February 16, 2005

One More for the Llamabutchers

You wait ages for a reference to Plum Wodehouse and then three turn up at the same time. Just one slight quibble about this Telegraph report on Kenya:

When Mr Kibaki came to power after elections in December 2002 that ended 39 years of unbroken rule by Daniel arap Moi, much was expected and much promised by a new regime that said it would not tolerate corruption.

This seems a little odd from their in country correspondent...Jomo Kenyatta was the first President, Arap Moi only coming in in 1978. Must be some youngster out there who doesn’t know his history.

Much the more fun part is this, which I’m sure Robert and Steve will enjoy:

President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya is said to have taken to his bed in despair, finding solace, according to a cabinet colleague, "only in the works of P G Wodehouse".
His choice of author is telling. Mr Kibaki's two wives, when not bickering with each other, dictate the president's schedule and often lock out those who might offer him wiser counsel. Their resemblance to many a Wodehouse aunt may strike a chord with the increasingly doddery septuagenarian leader.

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