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Alas, Nation ignores dad’s place in life of ‘boishaud’

How dad’s presence or absence shapes a child (Nation, Parenting DN2, May 29). This is true. Enough studies confirm. But this entire feature had only the voices and faces of girls recounting their experiences with dad. Do we assume dad’s presence or absence has zero impact on the “boishaud”?

Consolata Missionaries founder Allamano step away from sainthood (Nation, May 29, p.2). Misleading. Pope Francis has approved the second miracle attributed to the intervention of Blessed Allamano. That’s the final step in his journey to sainthood. He is not a “step away”? What step?

Deputy Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow is being considered to head the Kenyan peacekeeping mission to Haiti, the Nation has established (Nation, May 29, p.4). Kenyan cops are not going to a “peacekeeping mission”. Our Afandes have been honoured to lead an UN-mandated multinational security force to fight gangs and restore law and order in the first Black republic in the world.

And to be clear, Haiti is not a “war-torn Caribbean nation” as reported in this story. There is no war in Haiti in the conventional sense of this term.

The commission [NCIC] was created by the National Cohesion and Integration Act following the 2007/8 post-election violence in which more than 1,500 mainly innocent people were killed and hundreds of thousands others displaced from their homes in ethnic clashes (Nation editorial, May 29, p.17). Why would you say more than 1,500 “mainly innocent people” were killed? Does this suggest some of those who died were guilty and deserved their violent deaths? Who determined their guilt?

Although one of the many campaign promises of President William Ruto was to crush bandits operating from Baringo. (Nation intro, May 29, p.18). Full stop? Nah, that is not a sentence. It is a subordinate clause in grammar.

Arguably, this platform [YK92] initiated Ruto into the grim rugged skullduggery of Kenya’s political landscape. He demonstrated his mastery of this nomenclature… (Standard, May 29, p.12). Wallahi, some people are not writers at all. Write simply.

At least 27 counties lack essential life-saving drugs after the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority stopped supplying them due to a Sh2.88 billion debt owed by the devolved units (Nation, May 30, p.2). Put the full stop at debt. The next five words (“owed by the devolved units”) are unnecessary. And baethawei, “essential” is the same as “life-saving”. And aren’t all medicines “life-saving”, anyway, ama?

Kemsa gets 90 per cent of its business from counties where it supplies drugs, medicines and medical equipment (Nation, May 30, p.2). Are “medicines” and “drugs” as reported here different items?

Ms Mbarire has expressed her concerns over the ban [of muguka at the Coast], saying the county government had engaged a ream of lawyers to defend muguka farmers (Nation, May 30, p.13). “Ream” normally refers to papers. A battery or team of lawyers would be the right phrase.

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