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Guards are poor because of little pay, why is that so hard to say?

The new directive comes as good news for many security guards whose meagre salaries, coupled with harsh working conditions, have been forced to live in abject poverty (Daily Nation, November 16, p.2). Poor use of the possessive determiner “whose” dramatically alters the intended meaning of this sentence. It ends up telling readers that “meagre salaries coupled with harsh working conditions”, not the guards themselves, “have been forced to live in abject poverty.” Absurd.

It is now a mandatory requirement for all guards to undergo training in security matters in an institution accredited by the authority as a prerequisite requirement for registration and licensing in accordance with section 23 (2) (d) of the Act (People Daily, November 16, p.2). Well, “mandatory” and “requirement” mean the same; “prerequisite” and “requirement” are synonyms.

A storm is brewing in the ruling UDA party over a proposal to create three deputy party leader’s positions (Standard, November 15, p.6). Politicians from [Mt Kenya] have opposed a proposal to have two deputy party leaders, insisting on reserving the position for Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua (Daily Nation, November 15, p.4). So, how many deputy party positions are proposed for UDA?

Some leaders from the Mt Kenya region have interpreted this [proposal to create three deputy party leaders in UDA] as a move to dilute Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s sat in the party (Standard, November 15, p.6). What’s Riggy G’s “sat in the party”?

The Gatanga MP said each of the deputy party leader will be in charge of difference offices: policy and strategy, operations, and programmes. Nah, each of the deputy party “leaders” will be in charge of a “different” office.

The ruling settles a dispute between Azimio and Kenya Kwanza senators on whether CSs can simultaneously appear before Senate committees and the whole House (Standard, November 14, p.10). How now? If things happen “simultaneously”, they take place at the same time. Can you imagine a CS appearing before a Senate committee and the whole House at the same time? Miujiza.

The School Equipment Production Unit (Sepu) has advised Junior Secondary School (JSS) heads to acquire mobile laboratories with solar power to address the shortage of equipment in remote areas (Standard, November 14, p.12). Who are Junior Secondary School “heads”? JSS is part of primary school. It doesn’t have a separate head teacher, as implied here.

In August, businessman Jaswant Singh Rai was kidnapped in daylight by armed men in broad daylight in Kilimani, Nairobi, and held for two days (Standard, November 14, p.16). What’s the difference between “daylight” and “broad daylight” as used here?

A police report filed yesterday indicates that Sara Kasana, an invigilator at the school, found a phone next to the exam room placed on the table (People Daily, November 15, p.2). Where exactly is “next to the exam room”? Karibu na mlango? That suggests outside the room. After the candidates completed their maths paper 2, she sought to find out the owner of the phone. Where was the phone found, inside or outside the exam room?

The government sealed all loopholes that were previously used by schools and scrupulous people to engage in examination malpractices, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has said (Standard, November 17, p.4). No, Machogu didn’t say that, buana. “Scrupulous people” don’t engage in any malpractices.

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