Court to rule on Wednesday 24th whether to release Obado and two others on bail


High Court will on Wednesday 24th whether Migori County Governor Okoth Obado and two of his aides will be released on bail.

The governor was charged alongside two of his employees, Michael Oyamo and Caspal Obiero with the murder of slain Ringo university student Sharon Otieno and her baby.

Sharon was seven months pregnant when she was found dead at a thicket in Oyugis with several stab wounds, one which pierced through her abdomen killing her baby.

The prosecution objects their release on bail on grounds that they may interference with witnesses may also abscond court due to the nature of the charges against them and the sentence they carry.

They further argued that the family of the deceased live in fear of attacks since the accused persons are very influential in Migory County.

In addition, they allege that one of the family members was attacked by people who robbed him of his belongings here in in Nairobi and therefore will be better if the accused persons remain in custody.

However the defense responded that the prosecution had failed to provide enough evidence to warrant denial of bail for their clients.

Through lawyer Cliff Ombeta, one of lawyers representing Obado, the court heard that the prosecution had not showed the court how the accused persons will interfere with witnesses.

He added that they had also failed to show how the three would intimidate witnesses on ground that they are influential in Migori County or how the same will affect the case.

“Your Honor the prosecution is just guessing, they want you to speculate with them because they have nothing against our clients,” Ombeta submitted.

The defense went ahead to add that the family member alleged to have been attacked and robbed was done so in Nairobi yet the affidavit objecting bond refers to Migori County.

The accused persons have been in custody for three weeks so far.

Sharon who is alleged to have been in a relationship with the Governor was killed between 3rd and 4th September 2018.