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5 common phrases Kenyan journalists can’t stop using

1) Estranged

 Estranged means no longer close or affectionate to someone especially a family member.

An estranged husband or wife is not now living with the person they are married to.

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   Couple’s make-up turns fatal as estranged wife is found dead in a hotel.

Police in Buruburu are holding a man in connection to the death of his estranged wife last week inside a hotel located on Jogoo road.

Mr Emmanuel Owuor is being linked to the death his wife Grace Adhiambo in a room at the GNK Hamza Hotel on February 7, 2019.

According to the police, the two were meeting for the first time since their separation.

Source:  http://bit.ly/2JY3e5U

2.) Ally

 Ally means an alliance of nations joining together to fight a common enemy

Also, it could mean someone who helps and supports someone else.

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Ruto allies plotting to sack Matiang’i over fake gold, says ODM

 As the political storm over the gold scandal intensified Monday, the Orange Democratic Movement accused Deputy President William Ruto’s allies of targeting Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’ i for removal from office over his purported link to the scandal.

Source:  http://bit.ly/2VBXIbe

  3) Cry foul

 To say that something that has happened is unfair or illegal

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 MPs cry foul, defend hefty house allowance

MPs have vowed not to back down on their controversial decision to award themselves housing allowances.

The legislators accused the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) of discrimination, saying other state officers get similar benefits.

Source: http://bit.ly/2wbBbYr 

  4) Reiterate 

To say something again, once or several times

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 ODM leader Raila Odinga reiterates he has not declared interest in 2022 race

Raila reaffirmed his March 2018 handshake with Uhuru was about uniting Kenyans and not 2022 succession politics – He said he had not communicated to anyone anywhere that he will be seeking for the presidency again in 2022.

Source: http://bit.ly/2HvwXBB

  5) Lay the ground/prepare ground 

If you prepare the ground for an activity or a situation, you do something that will help it to happen

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Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has threatened to lay the ground for the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga over his remarks regarding the consensual sex age legislationMaraga had criticized Parliament for throwing out a Bill that sought to lower the age for consensual sex from 18 to 16 years.

Source:  http://bit.ly/2YHSjRW

 

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