Kisumu Law Courts Chief Magistrate, Julius Ng’arng’ar, has issued warrants of arrest for Kisumu Senator, Fred Outa and former County Deputy Governor, Ruth Odinga, for failing to appear in court for mention of a case.
The magistrate issued the warrants Monday morning after the duo failed to show up for the mention of a case in which they are accused of disrupting a training session for Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) election staff ahead of the October 26 repeat Presidential poll that was later called off for Nyanza Counties.
Their advocate, Verah Onsongo told the court that Senator Outa could not be reached on phone while Ruth Odinga was unwell.
Outa and Odinga faced five counts of entering in an electoral area designated by IEBC without authority, obstructing an elections officer from executing lawful duty, stealing 94 plastic chairs and 11 tents valued at 92,500 shillings and malicious damage to property.
Senator Outa has a separate charge of incitement to violence by ordering youths to destroy equipment used during the training.
The duo had been arraigned in court on October 23 and denied the charges and were released on personal bonds of 500,000 shillings each.