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Star’s poor reporting smears Wanga over Homa Bay funds

Wanga put to task over bursaries, Sh50m loans (Star, May 8, p.8). Intro: Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga has been put on the spot over the issuance of Sh50 million to senior county officers without securities, repayment timelines and interest.

Paras 4 and 5: The revelations were made during the Senate County Public Investments and Special Funds committee meeting on Monday. The panel chaired by Vihiga Senator Godfrey Osotsi considered three funds operated by the county between 2019 and 2022.

Ahem, Gladys Wanga became the governor of Homa Bay after the August 9, 2022 election. The questionable expenditures clearly occurred during the regime of her predecessor, Cyprian Awiti.

Audit: Awiti regime gave staff Sh50m ‘free’ loans (Nation, May 8, p.23). This is the correct reporting.

The controversy surrounding two key ministries have raised concerns about the ability of President Ruto’s administration to implement its agenda as espoused in the Kenya Kwanza manifesto (Standard, May 7, p.6). The controversy surrounding two key ministries “have” raised concerns? Has.

Win for Mombasa as KPA starts to collect levies from ships, lories (Standard, May 7, p.10). What are “lories”?

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination, which is scheduled to start in November by Form Four candidates, will, however, not be affected by the reorganised school calendar (Nation, May 6, p.4). This sentence tells you Form Four candidates scheduled the KCSE exam to start in November. Replace “by” with “for” and you will see the difference.

The odds seem to be stack against them as they face a second major disruption of their school life as they prepare to sit their national examination (Standard, May 6, p.3). The odds seem to be “stacked” (not stack) against them.

This was not the fist time that such repulsive behaviour was being witnessed (Standard editorial, May 6, p.12). What is “fist time”?

Politicking during funerals is most insensitive to the dead the real mourners (Standard editorial, May 6, p.12). Meaning?

In the evening of November 17, 2013, former Juja MP George Thuo drove to Porkies club in Thika. He ordered three bottles of Tusker and one was opened and laced with a pesticide (Star, May 7, p.7). Urgh, poor storytelling. It is like Mhesh sat back, watched as his beer was opened and spiked with poison, and then drank it. He died.

Ministry steps up malaria fight at onset of rains, floods (People Daily, May 8, p.2). Onset? Haven’t the rains and floods been here for weeks?

Kwamboka said then Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji referred them to the Independent police overnight authority (People Daily, May 8, p.14). Ati what authority? Ni kubaya.

Don’t stop search for missing relatives, families urges state (Star, May 8, p.3). Families “urge” state.

A 30-year-old man who splashed his girlfriend’s face with acid after she rejected his marriage propal has been sentenced to 30 years in prison (Nation, May 9, p.3). Anyone got an idea what “marriage propal” is?

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