Migori Governor Okoth Obado in the dock at Mlimani Law Courts on September 27, 2018. He was denied bail. Photo/Nation
Migori Governor Okoth Obado will be remanded at Industrial Area GK prison for 11 more days after High Court dismissed his bail application on Thursday.
Justice Jessie Lessit disallowed the application for bail until witness statements and other bits of evidence were provided to all parties.
Lady Lessit said the governor together with the two other suspects; his personal assistant Michael Oyamo and Caspel Obiero, a clerk at the Migori County Assembly will next appear before the court on October 8, 2018 and directed to be remanded.
Reading the ruling, Judge Lessit explained that the only way the court can ensure the case is not interfered with is by having the accused in police custody.
Obado is facing murder charges following the gruesome killing of pregnant Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.
Earlier his lawyer Cliff Ombetta had argued that his client would comply with all the orders of the court and that he would not influence the witnesses if released on bail.
“Yes, he (Obado), the accused, is a man of influence; this is just political and not the case. He will not, in way, if granted bail, influence the witnesses,” argued Ombeta on Monday.
However, in Thursday’s ruling, Judge Lessit, ruled Obado being a Governor and a man who rose to power through politics he has a likelihood of interfering with witnesses’ accounts.
The prosecution had earlier argued that Sharon’s family was being threatened.