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Good Morning.

The short rains season is yet to kick off as expected with a forecast of a cloudy day in Nairobi and Central Kenya, showers in the Coastal region and clear skies in most of Western Kenya.

The weatherman had indicated that most parts of the country will likely experience above average rainfall from this week as the short rains season kicks off.

Here are the stories making headlines in the Star this morning.

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Mystery of Sh1.2 billion payment to one company by three ministries

The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission has been investigating circumstances under which two companies owned by one businessman was paid Sh1.2 billion by three different ministries over a period of eight months.

EACC says it has uncovered large and unexplained cash transfers from the State departments of Interior, Youth Affairs as well as Planning and Statistics.

Most of the money was paid in 2016/17 Financial Year when the country was gearing up for the last General Election.

Court papers obtained by the Star show that EACC has completed investigations into the suspicious payouts that it wants recovered.

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Raila: obado should carry his own cross

ODM leader Raila Odinga has said he will not support Migori governor Okoth Obado in the murder case against Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

On Thursday, Raila said he has received many calls to stand with Obado, but justice should take its course.

“So far all indicators are pointing at Obado, let him prove his innocence in court,” Raila said.

Raila said the murder of a pregnant woman together with her unborn child can be termed as an act of witchcraft.

Obado is admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital after he reportedly fell sick while in remand at the Industrial Area Prison.

Inside story of Pumwani Hospital troubles

It is the single largest maternity hospital in East and Central Africa, yet Pumwani, the health facility where President Uhuru Kenyatta was born 56 years ago,  remains neglected.

Founded in 1926 by a charitable organization called Lady Grigg Welfare League, it was named Lady Grigg Maternity before it was rebranded to Pumwani in 1928, when the first permanent building was put up at the facility.

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Later on, according to history of the hospital, some extensions were made to give it a bed capacity of 27, and in 1944, it was taken over by the now-defunct Nairobi Municipal Council.

Despite the negative publicity about Pumwani, as a one-stop shop for booming baby business, it has remained the pioneer in the provision of maternity care in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Calls for referendum splits Uhuru’s Jubilee in Parliament

A sharp division within President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party over the push for a referendum to amend the Constitution has escalated and spilt over to Parliament.

The calls for a referendum to overhaul the structure of leadership in the country have elicited mixed reactions among Jubilee’s leadership at the National Assembly and Senate.

A number of Jubilee lawmakers have thrown their weight behind the referendum push, a matter that has prompted Majority Leader Aden Duale to provide a clear stance of the party.

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Clearing Eurobond debts set to get tougher – WB

Kenya is among 14 sub-Saharan countries that will struggle to pay their loans post-2021, World Bank has said.

This even as the country is expected to pay about Sh400 billion in the second tranche of the first Eurobond issue in 2024.

The first Eurobond was Sh280 billion borrowed in 2014 in five and 10-year tranches.

The first five-year tranche expected to cost taxpayers Sh97.71 billion will be paid next year.

“Large Eurobond repayments from 2021 could pose significant refinancing risk in the region,” the bank said in its October issue of the African Pulse released on Wednesday.

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