Migori Governor Okoth Obado
The High court is set to rule on whether it will review bond terms for Migori Governor Okoth Obado in Sharon Otieno murder case today.
Obado wants the court to allow him to travel within Homa Bay County. He argues that his work involves travelling and shuttling mostly from Nairobi to Migori Town where his official residence and office are situated.
He told the court that Migori is comprised of eight constituencies, most of which border Homa Bay County, hence, the restriction barring him from being within 20 kilometers of Homa Bay – Migori border means he can’t serve his constituents.
“As such it is impracticable for the accused to effectively discharge the constitutional mandate as the Governor of Migori County,” reads the application, involving a case where Obado is charged with the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.
The governor, who pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, argues that the only mode of travelling to Nairobi from Migori town without violating the 20-kilometer perimeter rule means he is forced to incur heavy costs.
Meanwhile, the governor has dropped an application that sought to have his passport released to enable him travel outside the jurisdiction for official duties.
He says that he was to travel to Israel but the trip has since been overtaken by events adding that he will make a similar application when need arises.
Obado alongside his aide Michael Oyamo and Migori County clerk Caspal Obiero were last year charged with the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and her unborn baby. They are out on a cash bail.