updated 8/6/2009 9:38:54 AM ET 2009-08-06T13:38:54

A Kenyan man's offer of 40 goats and 20 cows for Chelsea Clinton's hand in marriage may still be on the table — and Hillary Rodham Clinton has promised to convey the "very kind offer" to her daughter.

To laughter at a town hall meeting Thursday in Kenya, a reporter asked the U.S. Secretary of State if the Clintons had made a decision on the dowry offer.

After a pause, Clinton said, "My daughter is her own person, very independent, so I will convey this very kind offer."

In 2000, Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor, an elected city councilor, wrote to then-president Bill Clinton through Kenya’s foreign minister, offering the animals in accordance with African tradition.

Tutu to officiate
"Had I succeeded in wooing Chelsea, I would have had a grand wedding," he told the East Africa Standard newspaper in an interview published in 2005. “I would have invited South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu to preside at the ceremony."

Chepkurgor said in 2005 that the letter prompted security checks on his friends and family. He was even called for a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Nairobi, which he missed.

Clinton has denied rumors that her daughter, 29, is planning to get married this summer.

The offer is considered a generous one by Kenyan standards.

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