- Migori Governor Okoth Obado was on October 24 released on a cash bail of Ksh 5 million bringing his one month stay in remand to an end.
High Court Judge Justice Jessie Lessit who released Governor Obado on tough conditions outlined that the county chief will also be required to provide two sureties of Ksh5 million and deposit his travel documents including his Kenyan, East African and diplomatic passports.
“The court will be at liberty to cancel his bail and bond and to remand him in custody if any of the conditions I have spelt out are breached,” ruled Justice Lessit.
Justice Lessit outlined that Obado’s bail will be cancelled if;
• He causes any adjournments to the case.
• The Migori Governor 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 m****r of Sharon Otieno which he has been charged with, took place.
Governor Obado’s aides Micheal Oyamo and Caper Obiero were denied bail as the judge ruled that they pose a significant threat to witnesses.
“There are compelling reasons as not to grant the second and third accused bail at this stage. I find releasing them may send fear, anxiety to potential witnesses and therefore lead to intimidation which may adversely affect the case,” ruled Justice Lessit.
Justice Lessit also set the pre-trial hearing for February 14, 2019.