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Facts are sacred, tell us how occult is leading cause of murder

Detectives suspect the killing of Rita Waeni Muendo was part of ongoing occultism in the country (Star, January 24, p.20). Occultism is one of the leading causes of murder in the country. Yet not a single authoritative source was cited in this story to back up this eye-popping allegation. What’s “occultism”, anyway? Facts are sacred.

All these while OKA principals – Mr Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) were involved in a series of boardroom meetings, including hiring a survey firm to engage their popularity in settling for a presidential candidate (Nation, January 24, p.4). To “engage” or “gauge” their popularity?

A postmortem on the head recovered from a dam in Kiambaa area which was scheduled for yesterday has been postponed to a later date (Standard, January 24, p.16). Once you say “postponed”, you don’t need “to a later date.” State the date if you have it.

The government has launched a search for all the 48,000 students who scored grade E in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations so that they can transit to vocational and training institutions (Nation, January 25, p.2). Launched what “search”? Gava has full details of these youths in the Kenya National Examinations Council databases, no?

This is the cry for justice of millions of aging Kenyans – who worked in the civil service – waiting for pension payments running into billions of shillings (People Daily, January 25, p.4). We don’t have “millions of aging Kenyans who worked in the civil service”. Retirement age is 60 years, and the total number of Kenyans in that age bracket – leave alone those who worked in the civil service – was 869,338 last year, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

The [Cotu] report to be tabled today during a meeting of affiliated secretary generals also cites the dwindling international trade, ballooning public debt, runaway corruption and high levels of taxation as other reasons sinking Kenyans to depression (Standard, January 24, p.11). The plural of secretary general (of trade unions, etcetera) is secretaries general, not “general secretaries”.

Raila succession: Joho, Oparanya axis emerge (Star, January 24, p.1). Bad grammar. Axis is singular, so the verb it qualifies must be plural, “emerges”. If Joho and Oparanya are leading two separate blocs, then the noun must be plural, “axes”, and the verb singular, “emerge”. Awitugeza?

In his bid to once more throw his political hat into the ring, Kalonzo has changed tack and is not only aggressive but also politically combative (Star, January 23, p.8). Aggressive and combative are synonyms, buana. The construction “not only…but also” signals an additional point, not repetition of the previous one.

The one time presidential candidate under the ODM Kenya banner in 2008 has now decided to take the Kenya Kwanza administration head-on. Which election was Kalonzo contesting in 2008?

A majority of Kenyans, at 73 per cent, are either in financial distress or struggling to make ends meet (Standard, January 23, p.2). Nah. This is not an either/or situation. If they are in financial distress, it means (logically) they are struggling to make ends meet, si ndio?

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