Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lucy does it again!

After a rather long silence, Lady Lucy Kibaki has finally decided to break it and end the year in style. A presidential awards ceremony at State House Nairobi was disrupted when Lucy slapped a government official. Apparently the incident happened so fast that only those on the dias witnessed it.

The principal administration secretary in the Office of the President, Mr Francis Musyimi, was the master of ceremonies at the function at State House Gardens where Kibaki was awarding honours to a number of Kenyans. Also in attendance were Vice President Moody Awori, Cabinet ministers and diplomats. “Your excellency, President Mwai Kibaki, First Lady Mama Lucy Wambui...” Musyimi started. But before he could continue with the introductions, Lucy rose from her seat on the dais, walked over to him and slapped him across the face. The dignitaries watched in dismay as Musyimi was then was quickly evacuated from the scene by the presidential security detail, leaving Head of Civil Service, Francis Muthaura, to take over the fateful introductions.

Live footage of the incident, caught on camera by nearly all media houses, was unfortunately lost when the journalists covering the event where frisked and ordered to surrender all recorded material, including their cameras, which were erased before the equipment was returned.

It seems the media always end up as the whipping boys every time Lucy is angered by something, but this latest tirade can be traced to the low opinion ratings the outgoing president is getting on every opinion poll, including the NSIS Report which shows him nearly being overtaken by Kalonzo Musyoka.

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