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PEN COP: Polygamy is a legit, respected practice but do scribes know it?

A Kenyan Casanova, now on his fourth wife half his age (The Star, October 2-4, p.4). That was how Lion Place described 86-year-old Jackson Kibor. A Casanova is a man notorious for seducing women. Is Kibor a Casanova or a polygamist? Casanova makes no sense in the African context.

And he is a man of principle – once daring to ask President Daniel Moi to name and groom a successor. The Uasin Gishu Kanu leader was arrested, taken to State House and forced to kneel and apologise (The Star, October 2-4, p.4). Five paragraphs down: Kibor was thrust into the limelight in 1992 when he was the powerful Kanu chairman for Uasin Gishu. He plucked up the courage to ask President Moi in public to name and prepare his successor – at the time no one expected Moi to exit voluntarily. He was manhandled, forced to kneel and apologise to Moi. Subbing gone south.

Some cash-strapped private schools that were unable to pay rent for rented service loans and pay their staff told parents to transfer their children as they would not reopen (Nation, October 7, p.7). Of course rent is “for rented premises”, so those three words are unnecessary.

About a kilometre from former Rosterman goldmine, sounds of machines in operation rent the air (Nation, October 7, p.10). This sentence (as subsequent paragraphs show) is in the present simple tense. The correct form of the expression is “rend the air”.

A stone-throw away is Jasho mining group, made up mostly of young men (Nation, October 7, p.10). A stone’s throw away, meaning a short distance.

A four-year-old boy is fighting for his life after a neighbor chopped off his ear with a razor blade in a bizarre incident in Mwatate subcounty (Standard, October 7, p4). Bizarre indeed. But the boy is certainly not “fighting for his life” due to a chopped ear, or is he?

This means the parents of candidates and the rest of learners have prepare to take their children for school before end of this month (Standard, October 7, p.6). Tired sub detected.

For three decades, Ms Chepkorir was the most sought-after circumciser in the Rift Valley (Nation, October 8, p.3). The entire Rift Valley that stretches all the way from Loitoktok to Mandera?

Principals and head teachers have been complaining that with enough money they will be unable to prepare for the resumption of studies (Nation, October 8, p.7). Why would the school heads complain about having enough money?

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