Eliud Kipchoge’s defeat in London has shocked the world

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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (centre in white singlet) in the leading pack during the men's race of the London Marathon on October 4, 2020.

Photo credit: Pool | London Marathon

What you need to know:

  • he most deafening silence on the political scene as the Jubilee Party’s Kieleweke and Tangatanga factions battle for the 2022 elections must be that of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.


Out of touch • Directives by government officials such as the one on reopening of schools show they are “out of touch with the reality on the ground”, says Alex Wanjohi. “Some people born with a silver spoon in their mouth fail to understand the plight of ordinary Kenyans living from hand to mouth. Before giving orders, listen to the views of those on the ground.” His contact is alexwanjohi82@gmail.com.

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Corrupt police • Driving to Naivasha on Saturday at 10am, Jon Peters noted that it was “business as usual” for the corrupt traffic police on the highway. “A group of five to six officers had their car parked at Mahiga Mahiu, stopping drivers and demanding bribes. They ask for your licence, and you must pay a hefty bribe to get it back. Where is the police boss?” His contact is jonpeters1953@gmail.com.

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Missing Kuria • The most deafening silence on the political scene as the Jubilee Party’s Kieleweke and Tangatanga factions battle for the 2022 elections must be that of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, notes Dave Tumbula. “One of the most vocal supporters of DP William Ruto, Kuria was last heard of in hospital fighting Covid-19. If there is a voice Tangatanga is really missing, it’s that of Kuria.”

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Train info • With rising demand, Kenya Railways, Carey Yiembe notes, has reinstated two Nairobi-Mombasa passenger trains. But it failed to inform the public that morning trains are inter-county; only the afternoon ones are express. “I almost missed a flight on October 9, arriving in Nairobi at 2.10pm instead of 1pm. “KR should advertise correct timings.” His contact is yiembe@gmail.com.

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Jetlag • Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge’s London defeat has shocked the world, says Ian Mgenyi, who, however, believes he knows why the superstar lost. “Eliud had jetlag. His managers should have known better and allowed him to travel 10 days to the marathon to rest and acclimatise. In future races, he should be on the ground two weeks in advance.” His contact is ianorberts56@gmail.com.

Have a victorious day, won’t you!