Governor Obado can now move freely within Homa Bay

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Governor Okoth Obado

The High Court has lifted an order barring Migori Governor Okoth Obado from going past 20 km radius of Migori’s border within Homa Bay County.

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In reviewing the case, the Court allowed Governor Obado to move freely within his county to execute his mandate.

Through his lawyer, Kioko Kilukumi, Obado submitted that he could not effectively traverse his county to discharge his duties due to the restrictive order, and promised that Obado would not interfere with any of the witnesses if the terms were reviewed.

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The governor was slapped with the restriction order after being charged for the murder of Sharon Otieno, a university of Rongo student, but pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.

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Obado alongside his aide Michael Oyamo and Migori County clerk Caspal Obiero were last year charged with the murder of Sharon and her unborn baby. They are out on cash bail.

A governor, being the chief executive of a county, is entitled to foreign travel but Obado has to seek the court’s permission before making any such trips after he was ordered to deposit his passport and travel documents.

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Obado in February filed an application seeking the review of his stringent bail terms.

Obado was also barred from going anywhere within 20km of Homa Bay-Migori boundary and the court declared that it had the liberty to cancel his bail at any time.

Summary

His bail can be cancelled over the following reasons

  • If he causes any adjournments to the case.
  • If he fails to report to the court’s deputy registrar once a month.
  • If he tampers or intimidates witnesses as per witness statements.
  • If he communicates with parents, siblings and close friends of the now deceased Ms Otieno.
  • If he is at any given time within 20 kilometres of Homa Bay County’s boundaries from any direction where the murder of Sharon Otieno which he has been charged with, took place.
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