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When scribes don’t ‘gerrit’ on facts hidden in plain sight

Although the commission declined to disclose why they settled on Justice Koome, acting JSC chairperson Olive Mugenda stated that it was a unanimous decision by the nine commissioners that she was the best of the 10 candidates interviewed for the position (Standard, April 28, p.6). Did the JSC give a reason for picking Koome? Yes, she was the best among 10. Kwani how did Standard want the reason stated?

At the clique of a button, all Kenyans, beginning with landowners and buyers in Nairobi, will now conduct land searches, apply for title deeds, sell land and do almost every transaction on land apart from solving disputes (Nation, April 28, p.8). Good news! DIY conveyancing. But it is at the “click” of a button, not “clique”, gaki.

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi narrates the ordeal after a brief arrest by DCI officers (Kenya Citizen TV, April 28). If it was “a brief arrest” then certainly it does not qualify as an “ordeal”, which is as a very unpleasant and prolonged experience.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world employment order (Standard, April 27, p.2). What is “the world employment order” exactly? Sounds bombastic. Same as loss of jobs? That would be clearer.

The two were in the same school in Lower Kabete, Nairobi (Standard, April 27, p.2). Come on, Lower Kabete is an area (together with Upper Kabete) in Kabete constituency, Kiambu County. Home of the famous “Sir” Charles Njonjo, Duke of Kabeteshire.

The man told the court that he joined the National Youth Service (NYS) in 1984 and found a new lover who he married (Standard, April 27, p.3). The correct form of that pronoun is “whom” he married.

A combination of unexpected circumstances have condemned the duo to a hospital ward, where the bill has reached Sh850,000 and counting (Nation, April 27, p.8). A combination of circumstances “has”, not “have”.

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