My policy is to publish all views. One of the dangers of that is a person can easily post numerous comments so that it looks like the general feelings of most readers favors their view. More so because I allow anonymous comments in this blog (note that all the nasty comments are usually annonymous).
But I think this is a risk worth taking, we're not having an election here and nobody is trying to spin anything either. My objective is to publish raw facts that others may not want to touch.
Let me just tell you all that there is a lot of information on Jeff which in my opinion is much worse and more damaging than this date rape incident. But I have very deliberately not published it here. I am sure others will post it on the net soon (indeed some already have and you can use your favorite search engine to find it.) The reason why I have not published that information here is because I do not have the evidence and proof like I do for the date rape. Secondly I do not want to be a Jeff-Koinange-scandal-authority.
However I would like to raise one key point about why Jeff was fired, that I had overlooked earlier.
It is not cheap to make telephone calls and send out emails to the other side of the world from remote parts of Africa where the locals can’t spell the word Internet, let alone pronounce it.
The unfolding drama at the Distant lovers blog has revealed that Jeff would usually send more than a dozen emails on a good day and call several times. So who was paying those huge bills? This question was posed to him once and his reply was that it was CNN International. Now that organization has some very clear and strict rules about this so it is highly likely that on leaving CNN Jeff may have been asked to pay up some of the exorbitant telephone and email bills.
The other issue that so many people have harped on in comments here is the claim that Marianne is using this as a way to sell her Ouko book. I have also been informed by some visitors to this site that I am working on a book on Tom Mboya. Strange, because I am unaware of it. It is possible that since this blog has some of the most detailed information anywhere on this great son of Africa, somebody somewhere thinks there is no way I will fail to publish a book on Mboya one day soon.
Let me make it very clear that I have no such intentions.
Marianne Brinner too, released a statement a few minutes ago that read in part;
One thing I want to make clear: this whole story about Jeff and me has nothing to do with trying to 'promote' my book.
Up to now I have not received any royalty since my co-author was so clever to put the contract with the Publisher in the name of his company (first Sahelbooks and now Sahel.Publishers).
So even if the book is sold, I have never and will never receive any money - so the accusations that I am trying to 'sell' my book are wrong (and Jeff knows very well about this).
So much to this subject ..... some people will laugh, I know 'she deserves this' .... and may even agree with them up to a certain point ...... trusting a Kenyan has always been my 'weak' point
If you are joining us late, here's how the date rape happened. This was my first story on the subject and I was yet to reveal the identity of the Kenyan date rape journalist.
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