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Good Morning.

Kenya’s corruption index has worsened despite spirited efforts to prosecute graft suspects.

A new report by Transparency International shows the country scored 27 per cent, a one per cent decrease from last year’s score.

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

Raila trembled like a leaf over swearing-in, Miguna says

Exiled firebrand lawyer Miguna Miguna has lifted the lid on secrets and behind-the-scenes intrigues preceding the dramatic swearing-in of Opposition chief Raila Odinga as the ‘People’s President’  last year.

In brief excerpts of his new book, Treason: The Case Against Tyrants and Renegades, Miguna describes Raila as a coward who strongly opposed his own swearing-in on January 30 last year.

Miguna tweets juicy poisonous details.

In the end, Raila was sworn in during a brief ceremony when his NASA allies were absent.

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Car-free days plan sparks fear of chaos, muggings and losses

For Jadiel Mwema, a hawker, car-free days in Nairobi as announced by the Transport ministry on Monday will be of no use to hawkers.

He says since they don’t deal in basic commodities, they rely on crowds, which build up when people leave or head to work, to make sales.

To him, the government’s offer to allow them to sell their wares on Wednesdays and Saturdays will be insignificant. Hawking is banned in the Nairobi Central Business District.

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Joho’s allies to unleash trollers on Jumwa, Dori

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s allies have turned to social media to silence Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori. 

The two MPs have declared war on Joho and blame him for their woes in ODM. 

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Last week, the party’s National Executive Council adopted a disciplinary report that recommends that they be expelled for continuing their campaigns for DP William Ruto’s presidential bid.

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Rastafarians in court in fight for their right to religion

Followers of the Rastafari religion jammed a constitutional court on Tuesday when one of their prophets took to the witness dock to defend the right of his daughter to wear dreadlocks to school.

For them, it was a matter of their freedom to express their religion and for that reason, the young and the old came in their numbers wearing long beaded necklaces and huge turbans.

They sat pensively in court for hours listening to John Wambua Mwendwa alias prophet explain to judge Chacha Mwita the difference between Rasta and dreadlocks. 

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Jambo Pay, NHIF contracts a plot to siphon funds – DCI

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has urged the court not to suspend criminal proceedings facing two directors of Web Tribe Jambo Pay over the Sh1.1 billion NHIF scam.

In an affidavit, DCI  investigating officer Clement Marubu says Danson Muchemi and Robert Muna entered into numerous illegal contracts with the National Health Insurance Fund management. 

“The numerous illegal contracts between the two were a well-orchestrated collusion geared towards siphoning colossal public funds to the benefit of the directors,” it reads.

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