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High Court to hear petitions seeking to block Thursday’s  Presidential election

The High Court will today hear two petitions seeking to stop the exercise. One of the petitions was filed by former Kilome legislator Harun Mwau who wants the poll stopped on grounds that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has failed to comply with constitutional provisions for a fresh election. Mwau contends that fresh election as ordered by Supreme Court meant that it must start afresh from party nominations. Also in court will be Activist Okiya Omtatah who argues that the environment is not conducive for the repeat election.

Nakuru chopper crash victims identified

The five victims of the Lake Nakuru helicopter crash have been identified following the Saturday accident that prompted a search of the area. Authorities and family members gave names of said the deceased persons as Sam Gitau, John Mapozi and Antony Kipyegon, who all worked for Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika as part of her media team. Authorities said they had informed all their family members or their representatives–some of who were at the site for counseling as the search for the bodies continued.

Second batch of Presidential ballot papers expected today evening

The second batch of ballot papers that will be used during the repeat presidential poll is expected in the country Monday evening. According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the consignment will arrive at 5pm at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The electoral body says this batch will be for 22 counties. More ballot papers for the October 26 poll are set to arrive in Nairobi at 5:00 pm today. The flight carrying the first batch of 16 tonnes of ballot papers arrived on Saturday at around 8:00 pm with consignments for Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Tana River, Lamu, Garissa, Isiolo, Samburu, Laikipia counties and the Diaspora.

Business highlights

International fashion brands partner with Kenyan manufacturer

International fashion brands including Arrow, Calvin Klein, Cherokee and Izod  have signed with Kenya-based firms, officials at the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) have confirmed. Hela Clothing, a new EPZ firm, is currently manufacturing Calvin Klein underwear. The company employs 1,500 workers and is in the process of expanding in a bid to double its workforce.

50% of manufacturers plan to lay off employees due to tough operating environment

At least 47% of Kenya’s manufacturing firms intend to lay off employees due to a projected slump in revenue growth, a third quarter report from the Kenya Association of Manufacturers has revealed. And while 22% intend to hire new ones, only 31% intend to maintain the same number of employees. The KAM survey found that about 59% of the firms pointed out lack of demand as a barrier to their revenue growth, 58% attributed the forecasted zero growth to legislative pressures, while 63% thought that competition from cheap imports is a key contributor to the predicted slowdown in growth. Reasons for sluggish growth included high prices of raw materials, capital constraints in terms of access to credit, taxation policies and a continuous trend in decreased profitability as per their performance in the last three months.

Chemotherapy and dialysis top list of insurance claims as NHIF pays Ksh5.9 billion in medical bills

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, dialysis and diagnostic tests such as MRI and CT scans are some of the top medical insurance claims in Kenya, National Hospital Insurance Fund CEO, Geoffrey Mwangi has said. Official records show that the Fund paid Ksh5.9 billion in members’ medical bills in the four months to October while Ksh3.1 billion was paid out for specialised, major and minor surgeries alone during the review period, easing the cost burden on Kenyans undergoing surgical procedures in local hospitals. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy accounted for Ksh769 million while magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scan and dialysis took out Ksh264 million.

Sports highlights

Kenya Premier league heats up as Stima beat Sofapaka

Western Stima beat Sofapaka 3-1 at the Narok Stadium on Sunday while Mathare United and Thika United cancelled each other out in a 1-1 result at the Thika Sub-County Stadium. Muhoroni Youth have fallen seven points off safety after suffering a 3-0 loss at home to Kakamega Homeboyz.

Tottenham exploit Liverpool’s poor defense to secure 4-1 victory 

Tottenham ruthlessly exploited Liverpool’s defensive woes to move joint-second in the Premier League with a scintillating 4-1 victory at Wembley. Two early lapses from Dejan Lovren were punished by Harry Kane, who scored the first and set up Heung-Min Son for Spurs’ second inside 12 minutes. Mohamed Salah halved the deficit midway through the first half but Dele Alli, on the stroke of half-time, and Kane’s second on 56 minutes sealed the victory.

Marseille draw with PSG as Neymar receives red card

Edinson Cavani scored a stunning 93rd-minute free-kick to salvage a draw for Paris St-Germain against Marseille after Neymar had been sent off. Luiz Gustavo got the opener for Marseille with a 30-yard strike before Neymar equalised after the half-hour mark for his 10th goal for PSG. Florian Thauvin put Marseille ahead with 10 minutes remaining before Neymar was booked twice in two minutes. Cavani then equalised with a 25-yard effort that went in off the crossbar. PSG fans are banned from attending the game known as Le Classique and Marseille fans clashed with police prior to kick-off at the Stade Velodrome.

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