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Wetang’ula presidential bid, Gender Bill uncertainty, Suspended abortion services: Your Breakfast Briefing

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Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Kalenjin community not to have any worries about the 2022 succession, assuring them that ‘it is well planned’.

The DP said the Jubilee political gameplan was intact and there was no cause for worry.

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

Which way for MPs over Gender Bill?

Lobbying for and against the proposed Two-Thirds Gender Bill has gained momentum ahead of Wednesday’s sitting when MPs are expected to cast their votes.

Both President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and the Raila Odinga-led Nasa coalition are expected to separately hold Parliamentary Group meetings to rally their MPs to support the bill.

The Bill requires a two-thirds majority, or 233 of the 349 MPs in the National Assembly, to amend Article 97 of the Constitution and pave way for additional nomination slots for women other than the current 12.

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Wetang’ula announces his 2022 presidential bid

Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula will be a presidential candidate in 2022, the party announced yesterday after a consultative meeting in Elementaita, Nakuru county.

The Bungoma senator said they will conduct elections at the grassroots to revamp the party ahead of the 2022 General Election.

A team led by Eseli Simiyu will spearhead the grassroots elections.

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Marie Stopes halts abortions after medical board directive

Marie Stopes has suspended abortion services following an order from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.

The facility, which also provides contraception services, was given the order on Wednesday last week.

Kenya country director Tilson Dana yesterday said other family planning, maternal health and general medical services will not be affected.

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From coughing blood to going insane: Former addicts speak out

Outreach workers Jaymo* and Slim* (not their real names) toil every day to help drug addicts in Mombasa. Their hard work and dedication towards the cause has gained them respect from most drug addicts in North Coast.

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The respect largely stems from how the two reformed their own lives. They were so far deep into drugs, no one ever thought they would make it out alive. But these two men defied the odds, dallied with insanity and even tussled with death to live a drug-free life. 

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KCB beats Equity to maintain top spot as the most profitable lender

KCB group maintained its position as the most profitable lender in the country for the ninth month ending September, ahead of Equity Bank.

Both banks, Kenya’s two biggest by profit and assets size, announced their third-quarter performance, placing KCB ahead of its top rival Equity.

KCB Group posted a 19.63 per cent growth in net profit to Sh18.04 billion while Equity’s profit after tax increased by eight per cent to Sh15.8 billion, giving KCB a Sh2.24 billion lead.

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City Hall owed Sh307.6 billion, services crippled – Ouko

Auditor general Edward Ouko has raised concerns over City Hall’s inability to recover more than Sh307.6 billion owed by various players. This has hampered services in the capital.

Ouko, in his 2060-17 audit report, said amount owed to the county by property owners, national government agencies and other actors have been increasing over the years.

During the year under review, the debt rose by Sh98.6 billion from 209 billion in 2015-16 financial year. This represented Sh47 per cent increase.

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