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You struggle with KeEnglish? Go back to composition writing

It all started about a month ago when Evans Kosgei, now deceased, went to his X account to accuse his wife of infidelity and betrayal (Standard, March 12, p.4). Yaani Evans alienda kwa X account yake, unaona? This is KeEnglish.

Fifteen people who stood as guarantors for a church elder to obtain a Sh5.8 million loan from a credit and savings organisation before he defaulted have opposed an application by the cleric seeking to stop the auctioning of his household items (Nation, March 13, p.12). Yaani those 15 people walimsimamia loan. Instead of “stood as guarantors for…to obtain” (six words of KeEnglish), just write “guaranteed”.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua yesterday said the price of macadamia nuts increased following government intervention. A kilo now goes for Sh110 up from Sh20 (Nation, March 11, p.10). What did government do to increase the price? Story didn’t say.

Our healthcare system is not poor but impoverished by corruption (Nation, March 11, p.13). What’s the sense here? Poor and impoverished mean the same. Whether our healthcare system is impoverished by the devil or corruption, it is still poor.

A feud between governors and senators is deepening in several counties as stack differences between the leaders begin to play out in public. (Standard, March 11, p.6). This sentence is in plural, so it is feuds not “a feud”. And it is stark differences, not “stack”.

Para 2: Residents claim some of the feuds are threatening service delivery…

Para 4: The feud is being fought at the Senate, in public gatherings, in courts…Come on, number (singular/plural) is basic grammar.

Rowdy youths went to Jesus Is Alive Ministries (JIAM) church in Nairobi on Wednesday last week and demolished a perimeter wall and part of the building (Standard editorial, March 11, p.12). They were “rowdy youths”, right? Well, no. There is no justification at all for police to use brute force on unarmed Kenyans more so women. But that is seemingly too hard for our law enforcers to understand.

Studies have found a direct correlation between the consumption of ultra-processed foods and several health problems such as cancer, death, and different disorders related to the body and mind (Health & Science, Standard, March 11, p.3). That is true, but how is death one of “several health problems”?

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has neutralised the row over the location of the proposed Nyamira State University (Standard, March 12, p.4). Why “State” in this name? What kind of university is this?

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