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How long was Prezo Ruto’s state visit to United States?

Despite the trip being hyped for two months, the media appeared confused about its duration. Hilarious, take a look.

“President William Ruto jetted out of the country yesterday evening for a five-day state visit [to] the United States with a full tray of events lined up for him,” the People Daily reported on May 20.

Later that day, PD’s sister TV station K24 announced on its website that, “President William Ruto has arrived in the United States of America to begin a three-day state visit.” Two full days vanished.

A front-page photo caption in the Daily Nation on May 21 said, “The President is on a four-day state visit to the US.”

The Standard published a graphic summarising the President’s itinerary for five days (Monday-Friday). And then the next day, the same paper reported that, “Ruto’s four-day trip could cost upwards of Sh200 million…” One disappeared.

On Sunday, May 19, KBC reported that the President had left for “a four-day state visit.” The next day the public broadcaster tweeted that Ruto had arrived in the United States for “a three-day state visit.” Guessing game.

On the day of departure, Capital FM reported that, “President William Ruto has departed for a three-day state visit to the United States.”

Citizen Digital posted a video clip captioned, “President Ruto departs for a three-day state visit to the US”, but subsequently reported about “a four-day state visit.” One day dropped.

So, how many days? You do the counting. Don’t rely on reporters.

Love transcends language as deaf and dumb couple marry (Standard, May 20, p.2). Yes, we appreciate the need to celebrate this union. But deaf and dumb people communicate using sign language. No love (or human relations of any kind) can “transcend language”. None.

Wanjiru and Likhodo: Deaf couple proves that love needs no words (Nation online, May 20). Not true. Sign language has words.

News about the deployment [to Haiti] caused initial excitement within the Kenyan security sector but was later almost scampered by a court ruling in Nairobi in January that declared the envisaged deployment of Kenya police officers unconstitutional (Standard, May 20, p.4). The deployment was almost “scuppered” by a court, not “scampered”.

State House has come to the defence of Kenya’s mission in Haiti on a day President William Ruto embarked on a five-day tour of the United States of America which includes a much-hyped state visit (Standard, May 20, p.5). Bad writing. Easy, has “come to the defence of” (five words) is “defended” (one word).

KCB regains top bank badge with 69 pct net profit jump (Star, May 22, p.11). What’s “69 pct”? Turns out its “69%”. Strange.

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