Once more, Governor Okoth Obado will have to wait for his request for bail to be determined after the High Court pushed his bail application hearing to Friday October 12, which will bring to 21 the total number of nights the Migori County boss will have spent in remand.
The Migori county Governor alongside his personal aides Michael Oyamo and Caspal Obiero, will remain at the Industrial Area Remand Prison until then.
Justice Jessie Lessit on October 8 allowed the prosecution to consolidate the cases of Governor Obado, Mr. Oyamo and Mr. Obiero. The judge also allowed the State to amend the charge sheet to two counts of murder; that of pregnant Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and that of her unborn baby.
The three men pleaded not guilty to the new charges.
Governor Obado had applied for bail for a second time on October 5, days after the court had disallowed his first request on grounds that there were insufficient conditions for the court to rule on whether compelling reasons existed to deny the Migori county boss bail.
The court had, during the first bail request, heard arguments from the prosecution and the defence on September 25, but then ruled on September 27, disallowing the application but giving leeway for the Governor to re-apply once more when the case was to be heard on October 8. Governor Obado was remanded until then.
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The Governor, who is not new to controversy according to media reports, is on trial after 26-year old Ms. Otieno was found dead in early September soon after a Nation Media Group journalist escaped a moving car that the University student and other unidentified men were in.
The journalist would later reveal that Mr. Oyamo, a personal aide to Governor Obado, was the one who had organised for the car that picked up the pregnant Rongo University student and the NMG reporter.
Ms. Otieno was acting as a source and a conduit between the journalist and the Governor for an article that required the Migori county chief’s side of the story.
The Governor, Mr. Oyamo and Mr Obiero — who is registered as a Migori county clerk — would all be linked to the death of Ms. Otieno.