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Dennis Oliech wins gold medal in Twin Towers marathon, wapi nduru

It is easy to name Kenya’s athletics superstars over the last 20 years. Names like Catherine Ndereba, Dennis Oliech… (Nation, October 17, p.38). Woi! Dennis who? How can a journalist from Kenya, a world athletics powerhouse, write this? What exactly might be the problem here, wadau: (A) Climate change (B) Cost of living (C) War in Ukraine (D) All the above?

Cartels make a killing from pending bills (Star, October 16, p.1). Slum lord millionaires making a kill from the poor (Standard, October 16, p.1). So, which is the right expression, “make a killing” or “make a kill”? To have great financial success is to make a killing.

Yesterday around 8.30am, at least 20 bulldozers continued with the exercise under the haw-keyed watch of General Service Unit officers (Nation, October 16, p.2). What’s “haw-keyed watch”? Do you see how misplacement of that tiny punctuation mark, the dash or hyphen, causes confusion? Hawk-eyed, exactly like Pen Cop.

Raila U-turn on Kalonzo’s 2027 State House bid (Star, October 17, p.1). Ruto, Gachagua’s U-turn on demolitions after polls (Standard, October 17, p.4). Lots of U-turns. Ukiona Kigeugeu hitmaker, Jaguar, tell him Pen Cop owes him a drink.

Azimio La Umoja leaders led by Raila Odinga were on Tuesday barred from accessing the controversial land owned by the East African Portland Cement Company, even as they raised questions on the ongoing hurried demolitions (Standard, October 18, p.2). What is “controversial” about land “owned” by EAPCC?

Facing page: Inside battle for control of prime cement firm’s land. The land belongs to the cement firm, right? Nah. Intro: Thousands of Kenyans residing on a disputed parcel of land claimed by East African Portland Cement Company can now seek to own the land after the state and global cement giant announced its [their?] intention to formalise land titles. Confused ka kitu ingine. If the land belongs to the firm, then it can dispose of it. But if it is “a disputed parcel claimed by” EAPCC, how can the cement giant formalise titles without first resolving the “dispute”? And, baitha wee, are journalists aware of a High Court decision on the ownership that led to the demolitions?

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