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PEN COP: Laboso’s death did not hurt devolution

Laboso’s death is a blow to our system of devolved government. (Raila Odinga tweet, July 29). Not true. The former PM’s communications team should know better. Laboso died, sadly, but that was not a blow to devolution. The system is intact. It is anchored in the Constitution.

Party Leader @RailaOdinga announces that there will be a funeral service for the late Hon. Ken Okoth of Kibra as well as public viewing at Moi Girls Schl Kibera tomorrow (Thur 1st). The body will be flown to Kabondo Kasipul on Saturday for another funeral service before disposal. (ODM tweet, July 31) Many netizens were upset by the word disposal, which they thought was insensitive as it connoted throwing away. But the party was right. At the time, there was a dispute over whether Okoth’s body should be buried or cremated. ODM did not want to take sides. So, disposal was a wise choice.

Daft headline: Okoth requiem mass set for Thursday ahead of Saturday burial in Homa Bay (Capital FM online, July 31). The story was attributed to ODM leader Raila Odinga, who was quoted as saying: “The body will later be transported to Kasipul Kabondo constituency on Saturday and there will be another funeral service at Rateng’ Secondary School and thereafter the body will be disposed of.” Where is burial in Homa Bay mentioned in that statement? Capital FM went on: He declined to be drawn into discussions on whether Okoth will be cremated or buried. So, how did burial end up in the headline?

Waititu has been charged for irregularly procuring the tender for the upgrading of various gravel roads to bitumen standard (People Daily, July 31, p.2) Charged with, not for.

Mbai accused Ongere for not involving them in Okoth’s burial plans (People Daily, July 31, p.5). Accused of, not for. PD seems to love “for”.

Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, July 31, Mr Wetangula said doctors should make use of alternative methods of cancer treatment, especially among patients whose ailment has hit the advanced stages (K24 online, July 31). Well, why “speaking on the floor of the Senate? He spoke in the Senate that is all. There is no chance of Weta or anyone else speaking from the roof or walls of the Senate. Floor of the Senate/House is pedestrian talk. Leave it to the honourable members.

Communities living in Kerio Valley yesterday signed a historical peace deal, effectively bringing an end to perennial deadly conflicts among them (People Daily, August 1, p.7) Historic means of great significance in history. Historical means relating to history or past events. But that is the minor point. The major one is, is the report true? The peace deal has effectively brought an end to conflicts in Kerio Valley? Where is the evidence? That is yet to be seen. Journalism of the future ni uchawi.

Ken Okoth’s only known wife is Monica Ambrosini-Okoth, an Italian national (K24 online, August 1). What is the purpose of the word national in that sentence? Waste of word.

Half of the number of doctors are missing from health facilities when patients are in dire need of them, a new report has shown (People Daily, August 2, p.2). Next: The Kenya Health Service Delivery Indicator Survey 2018 report released yesterday revealed that 60.7 per cent of doctors do not attend to their duties whenever patients needed (should be need) them. Now, is 60.7 per cent half? Simple statistics.

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