BY SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS
Though he has finally been freed after spending cold nights for a whole month at the Industrial Area Remand Prison, Migori Governor Okoth Obado is not off the hook yet.
This is after the court issued stern precautions should the Governor fail to adhere to the orders issued by Justice Jessie Lessit today morning.
After turning down earlier applications by Mr Obado’s lawyer Mr. Cliffe Ombetsa, Justice Lessit granted the controversial Governor a Sh5 million bail with two sureties of the same amount but on condition that he adheres to the following orders or risk losing his bail:
- That the Governor shall report to the Deputy Registrar of the Milimani High Court once a month.
- Governor Obado was restricted from contacting any of the witnesses in the case.
- That Obado does not intimidate parents or siblings of the deceased Sharon Otieno.
- He surrenders his travel documents in court, that is his Kenyan, East Africa and diplomatic passports.
- That he stays at least 20 kilometres away from Homabay county where Sharon hails from.
- That the County boss refrains from mentioning the case or Sharon in any formal or informal meetings.
- That he doesn’t cause an adjournment during the period of the case.
According to Justice Lessit, breaking any of the above orders shall i lead to immediate cancellation of his bail.
Mr. Obado is facing murder charges regarding the death of university student Sharon Otieno.
Ms Otieno body was found mutilated and abandoned in a thicket a month ago and six people have so far been arrested in connection with the brutal murder.
A DNA test contacted by the government revealed that the seven-month stubbed foetus found in Sharon’s womb was “99.9% fathered” by Mr Obado.
Governor Obado’s PA Mr Michael Oyamo and Migori County staff Mr. Caspal Obiero who are also facing the charges were denied bail.
The case will be heard in May next year.