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Hello scribes, think tank is a team of experts not an individual

Headline: TSC wants college entry grades for tutors raised (People Daily, February 26, p.2). Intro: The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is seeking to review the qualifications for people seeking to join the teaching service.

Next: TSC Secretary Nancy Macharia has said the commission is the single largest employer in the region so its impact on the education sector cannot be understated. What has this to do with the headline and intro of this story? There is something called coherence in writing or logical consistency. Muhimu.

Photo caption: Residents stare at a school bus that was involved in an accident, living three students dead along Gitugu-Murang’a road on Saturday (Star, February 26, p.3). Is it “living” or “leaving”?

Civil servant drowning in debt as hard times eat into their incomes (Star headline, February 26, p.4). Ugly mix of singular and plural. Should be “civil servants”.

Prof Gitile Naituli, a governance and political expert and a key think tank in Azimio coalition…(Standard, February 26, p.5). A think tank is a body of experts, not an individual.

Wanjigi: It’s time for a revolution (Nation headline, February 26, p.6). Nowhere in the interview covering half a page does Jimi Wanjigi call for “a revolution” or state who will demolish the existing order, erect a new one and how. Journalists writing what they wish their source said.

The pain and frustrations of students applying for university and college slots following persistent delays and system hiccups that are now threatening selection of dream courses of thousands of last year’s KCSE candidates (Standard, February 28, p.2). That is supposed to be an intro. What kind of sentence is that?

The politics of Kisii County have taken an interesting twist after President William Ruto’s lawyer, Katwa Kigen, moved to court to defend Deputy Governor Robert Monda, who is facing impeachment (Nation, February 28, p.8). What’s President Ruto’s name doing in this story? Does Katwa and Kemboi Advocates law firm represent only Ruto? Was it the President who sent Kigen to act for Monda?

The government has set in motion plans to reform the private security sector in the country in a bid to enhance their operations, amid a push for better welfare for private security guards (Nation, February 28, p.70. Next page: The government has set in motion the process to save about 200 State agencies from dissolution after their legal instruments expired last month. Gava seems to “set in motion” plenty of things.

MPs are plotting changes in the law to achieve the elusive two-thirds gender rule at the National Assembly and the Senate (People Daily, February 29, p.2). No, Waheshimiwa are not “plotting” changes. That means secretly planning something illegal or harmful.

More than 200 people have been arrested for allegedly being involved in the theft of pineapples from the Del Monte fruit-processing farm in Murang’a County (People Daily, February 29, p.12). Look here, writer, those people were arrested for allegedly “stealing” (one word), not “being involved in the theft of” (six words).

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