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Obado to remain in custody, Court to give bail ruling on October 24

Migori governor Okoth Obado(second right) and his co-accused suspects, Michael Oyamo (centre), Casper Obiero (left) and their lead lawyer Cliff Ombeta( far right) at Mlimani Law Courts on Friday, October 12 during the hearing of their bail application.Photo/Courtesy


Migori Governor Okoth Obado will stay in police custody until October 24.

The High court judge Jessie Lessit said that was the earliest date she could give a ruling.

Justice Lessit heard arguments from lawyers of the governor and the co accused persons, the prosecution and the interested parties.

His lawyers argued that the governor had not been mentioned anywhere in the affidavits and there he was entitled to bail.

The lawyers also argued that the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to link Obado to the murder.

The governor, his personal assistant Michael Juma Oyamo and Migori County assembly clerk Casper Obiero were charged with the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and her unborn child in early September.

Mr Obado has been in police custody for three weeks now, and since the court declined his bail application, the governor will be spending his fourth week in remand.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya and Ms Otieno’s mother have filed an application seeking to have the suspects detained until the trial is completed.

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