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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Clinton offered goats and cows for Chelsea's hand

By Meera Selva

Bill Clinton, used to a warm reception on his global goodwill missions, came away from Kenya this weekend with more than he bargained for.

The former US president must now consider whether the offer of 40 goats and 20 cows, made by an apparently love-struck local official, is sufficient to persuade him to give up his daughter Chelsea for marriage.

Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor wrote to Clinton through Kenya's Foreign Affairs Minister, and promised him that he would look after his daughter in style.

"Had I succeeded in wooing Chelsea, I would have had a grand wedding," promised the electrical engineering graduate.

"I would have invited South African Aglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu to preside at the ceremony."

The councillor also gave the names of former Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi and two of his college mates as character references.

Mr Chepkurgor said he had been impressed by Hillary Clinton for standing by her man through the Monica Lewinksy scandal "like an African woman."

A Kenyan man traditionally has to pay a dowry in goats and cows to his bride's family - the offer Mr Chepkurgor made for Chelsea is a generous one that befits a big man's daughter.
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