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Nah, Standard, criminals won’t be back on our streets soon

Shock blunder that could set criminals free (Standard, January 31, p.1). Alarmist and misleading headline. Why? Kicker: More than 10,000 people charged with robbery in Kenyan courts since July 2018, and another 2,000 robbery convicts, could soon be back on our streets following what a rights lobby says is a fatal blunder that has seen authorities continue arresting, charging and convicting suspects using a law declared unconstitutional in 2016. If so, the 12,000 people are not “criminals” whom we should be scared “could soon be back on our streets”. They were wrongly arrested, charged and convicted using a law declared unconstitutional.

Here, Mombasa Road is raising a false alarm that criminals could be back on our streets, yet if the lobby is right, they were arrested, charged and convicted under a bad law.

The lobby group now wants over 20, 000 suspects arrested, tried and convicted to death over the non-existent offences freed forthwith (People Daily, January 31, p.3). Suspects are never “convicted to death” but sentenced.

Kericho Woman Representative Beatrice Kemei on Saturday awarded the young mothers aged between 19 and 26 years scholarships on Saturday (Standard, January 29, p.11). Why was “on Saturday” repeated in this sentence?

A new ambitious campaign to increase Africa’s tree cover using youth and women has been launched (Standard, January 29, p.17). Next page: An ambitious programme being undertaken by the Coast Development Authority (CDA) to help restore and preserve the fragile coral reef off the South Coast is gaining traction. Okay, every campaign/programme/initiative/project doesn’t have to be “ambitious”.

At least 11 people died and several others injured in a road accident near Awasi town along the Kisumu-Nairobi highway (Standard, January 30, p.5). Several others “were” injured.

Trouble looms as Azimio plans series of rallies (Star, February 1, p.1). What “trouble looms”? That’s tainting and delegitimising legit political activities before they even happen. Like they used to say in anti-Aids campaigns, spread facts not fear.

The government has moved to dispel claims that the Star Publications won a tender to circulate and print MyGov in the Star newspaper unfairly (Star, February 1, p.7). Order! You print then circulate, not “circulate and print”.

From unwarranted assaults on traders to shocking abuses of power, rogue Kanjos paint a grim picture of lawlessness within the confines of those tasked with upholding it (Nation, February 2, p.2). Upholding what? The pronoun “it” at the end of this sentence automatically refers to “lawlessness”, which doesn’t make sense at all. Read again.

And the headline? Return of Kanjos: Residents in pain at the hands of squads. Return from where? Kanjos never left.

Hired goons raid War Memorial hospital (Standard, February 2, p.10). But the story had zero evidence that the goons were “hired” and who their mdosi was. Not accurate reporting.

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