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Friday, 08 Jul 2016 12:53 EATwmwaniki@kenyafreepress.com
A poorly written internal memo by a top official of the Garissa County Government informing workers of the Idd-ul-Fitr holiday has sparked uproar on the blogosphere, with residents demanding that the county government should employ communication and clerical workers with a fair command of the English language.
The Idd-ul-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan, was scheduled for Thursday July 7, and the memo by the county secretary and the head of county public service, Mr Mohamud H. Mursal, was intended to inform the workers that they could stay home to celebrate the day with their families and friends.
However, the memo indicated from the very opening paragraph that the workers were being “released for the weekend on the Holy Month of Ramadhan celebrations.” Despite its poor wording, the first paragraph sent the wrong message that the workers could take the whole period from Thursday to Sunday off. In the next paragraph, however, Mr Mursal contradicted this position by indicating that the workers were required to resume duty on Friday July 8.
The memo's third paragraph read: “I will like to bring light on the fact that being a part of the Muslim Community in Garissa the Idd-ul-Fitr is part of Islamic tenets to perform.”
The ultimate sign off read ‘Kind regard’ followed by Mr Mursal’s signature.
Dozens of activists from Garissa County shared a snapshot of the memo on Facebook throughout the holiday on Thursday while discussions on it continued to Friday morning.
“That’s what happens when you don’t employ those who were trained to write such memos. Garissa County ilahey ba umaqan,” Qudi Abdullahi wrote on Facebook.
Kassim Alasow wrote, “I'm really embarrassed by this letter. Garissa County has qualified people to hold that office. The author of this memo should resign or be fired.”
Winfred is a student of journalism studies at the Technical University of Kenya currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specialising in education matters.