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Pokot elders, please decree shorter names to save headline writers

Battle of giants in Lonyangapuo, Kachapin and Atudonyang duel (Nation headline, June 20, p.19). It was the only story on the page, so the subeditor had no problem writing out the long names. Headline writers always prefer the shorter word. But what to do when you have Pokot names? Francis Kitalawiyan.

In a country where men, either out of caution or poverty, not usually enthusiastic to given out cash to women, this was bound to arouse suspicion (Standard, June 20, p.4). Subbing gani hii in a national newspaper?

Gideon’s future as a national leader has continued to grow following his recent involvement in the crafting of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance that brings together over 25 political parties (Standard, May 20, p.10). Sasa, how can a newspaper determine that a certain politician’s future as a national leader has continued to grow? Is this fact? How does Mombasa Road know the future of Gideon before reaching there?

We use toilet paper after visiting the toilet. Before the age of toilet paper, ancient societies used a variety of items for the same purpose, including soft leaves, stones, and even maize cobs (Junior Spot, Nation, June 20, p.2). Ouch! Stones and even maize cobs? Fact or fiction?

Deputy President William Ruto has dangled a bag of goodies in the battle for the votes from persons living with disabilities (PWDs) as the succession race enters the home straight (Nation, June 23, p.5). What home has the succession race entered “straight”?

Although the couple had children with each other, the court’s judgment did not indicate when they were born (Standard, June 23, p.2). Kizungu gani hii? A couple has children. That is all, not “with each other”.

The Marriage Act recognizes four types of marriages – Christian, customary or traditional, Muslim and civil (Standard, June 23, p.3). No, five types. Hindu is the fifth.

Four strong contestants having been cleared by the electoral agency to run for the Samburu governor seat in the August 9 General Election (Standard intro, June 23, p.22). Alafu? Ivo tu.

Raila, DP Ruto splash billions in vote hunt (Star headline, June 23, p.1). Inside: Raila and DP Ruto splurge billions on costly vote hunt. So, which is correct: “splash or “splurge”? They don’t mean the same. The answer is in the story: Deputy President William Ruto and his main opponent Raila Odinga are splurging billions to lease helicopters, fixed wing aircrafts and buying campaign merchandise, 46 days to the polls.

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