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Who are ‘judicial officers’, even court drivers and watchmen?

This is the family of judicial officer Abraham Chebii, who is the main petitioner […] However, Mr Chebii, a senior driver employed by the Judicial Service Commission, has refuted the claims (Nation, September 13, p.12). Who is a “judicial officer”? Everyone – from judges to cleaners – working at the Judiciary? Nah. Article 161 of the Constitution: “The Judiciary consists of the judges of the superior courts, magistrates, other judicial officers and staff.” Senior driver Chebii is a Judiciary “staff” but not a “judicial officer”, awi tugeza?

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is set to make a major announcement on the ongoing bipartisan talks amid growing claims that President William Ruto’s camp is frustrating the negotiations (Nation, September 13, p.1). How does a newspaper know a “major announcement” before it is made? If you know what the “major announcement” will be, why not just state it? The headline: What’s up? Raila holds crisis meeting.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s ODM party faces a tough litmus test following the decision to open a fresh war front with perceived rebels in the party’s backyard (Standard, September 11, p.6). Where is ODM’s “backyard” exactly? Nyanza?

Para 5: Raila’s party stands out as one of the political entities that have weathered the storm of realignments, maintaining substantial support in most parts of the country. Sasa “the party’s backyard” ni wapi?

 He regretted that farmers were suffering owing to lack of a market for their crop that was mature and ready for harvesting (Standard, September 11, p.8). Mature is enough because it means “ready for harvesting”. Save words.

 He appealed for enhanced research with a view to ensuring that farmers plant fast-maturing and high-yielding varieties (Standard, September 11, p.8). Nah, write concretely. Achana na “with a view to ensuring”. Better: He appealed for enhanced research to develop fast-maturing and high-yielding varieties.

Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo unveiled this task force, which will operate for a duration of six months (MyGov, September 13, p.1). Six months is perfectly clear without “a duration of”. Waste of three words. Heshimu words.

Beneficiaries of various government cash transfers will start receiving their monthly stipend within a period of six months (MyGov, September 13, p.3). Why “a period of”?

Two sons of a former assistant minister are under trial in Nairobi in a case that may require two courts to compare notes (Nation, September 14, p.10). You are “on trial”, not “under trial”.

This country needs a happiness index survey, and this week, being the World Suicide Awareness week, would be a perfect place to start (Standard editorial, September 14, p.14). A week can’t be a “perfect place” to start anything. A week is time, not “place”.

The government yesterday unveiled a programme to curb the increase in cases of sickle cell disease and improve care for patients (People Daily, September 14, p.3). No programme can “curb the increase in cases” of an unpreventable and incurable inherited red blood cells disorder. Improving patient care? Yes.

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