Kenya: Chelsea Suitor's Story Stirs Interest

Photo: The Star
Godwin Chepkurgor (file photo).

Nairobi — Telephone calls over an exclusive story of a Nakuru nominated councillor, who wanted to marry Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea, jammed The Standard yesterday.

Journalists working for foreign media houses in the country called the writer in Bomet wanting to verify the authenticity of the story on the love-struck civic leader.

Officials from the American Embassy also called asking for the contacts of councillor Godwin Chepkurgor of Nakuru County Council.

The embassy staff also wanted to establish whether Chepkurgor had travelled to Nairobi to meet Clinton, who is visiting the country as part of his tour of selected African countries.

A Journalist from the New York Times, wanted the contacts of the councillor, asking whether the interview with him had been conducted face to face or on telephone.

Another journalist with the French News Agency called making similar inquiries on the whereabouts of the councillor.

A reporter who said he worked with a Japanese news agency said he wanted to make a follow-up on the story and interview the councillor.

Chepkurgor amazed security chiefs in the country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials when he wrote a letter to Clinton, who had just completed his tour of the East African region, offering himself as a suitor for Chelsea.

He offered 20 head of beef cattle and 40 goats as dowry and named his referees as former President Moi, Maendeleo ya Wanawake national chairlady Zipporah Kittony, Chepkoilel campus Principal Prof Margaret Kamar and two of his college mates.

National Security Intelligence officers went knocking on his doors and interviewed his relatives and friends as they did a background check on him.

And yesterday Chepkurgor said a number of foreign media houses in the country had called and asked him to visit their offices in Nairobi for an interview.

The councilor, who spoke to The Standard from Nakuru, said the journalists also asked him when the interview we carried was granted and where.

Chepkurgor said he had nothing to hide on the issue and that he would co-operate.

"If it is an interview over the story that these people want, then I can still re-tell it as it was."

There is nothing new or fishy about it," he said.

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