Governor Okoth Obado still in hospital ahead of his court hearing date

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Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s fate lies in a decision by the court which is set to make a ruling on his bail application today. The governor who was charged with the murder of Rongo University Student Sharon Otieno has been in remand for the last two weeks.

Obado will be leaving for the court from the Kenyatta National Hospital where he was admitted last week over stomach issues. His lawyer, Evans Ondieki told reporters that the Migori county boss had not fully recovered and would be spending his Sunday, October 7 evening in hospital.

Justice Jessie Lesiit , late last month suspended the bail application until witness statements and more evidence was provided to all parties for the Monday, October 8 case.

The governor, his personal assistant Michael Oyamo and Caspel Obiero, a clerk at the Migori County Assembly whose cases are pending consolidation are expected in court together.

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Last week on Friday, Obado made a fresh application to have his bail reviewed citing health concerns. Obado has filed another application seeking to be discharged from custody pending the hearing and determination of his case.

In the application, Obado has revealed to the court that he suffers from a severe back problem known as a nerve compression with disc lesion on the lumber spine which started affecting him in the year 2013.

“To manage the condition, I have been under special care of a medical doctor by the name of Prof. Ating’a,” reads the application.

He argues that the condition has adversely affected his ability to stand for long hours adding that since his condition has not been attended to for the period he’s been in custody, the complication aggravated and was taken ill on September 29, 2018.

“I was subsequently admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital as an inpatient and my condition has not improved since then,” claims Obado.

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In seeking to convince the court for the second time to be released on bail, Obado argues that he has received all the witness exhibit from prosecution and there are no compelling reasons to warrant holding the accused in custody any longer.

He says that offence of murder is bailable under the Constitution of Kenya adding that he has a constitutional right to be released on bond or bail, on reasonable conditions pending hearing and determination of the trial.

The Governor further argues that he has cooperated in every way possible with the institutions handling the investigations into this case and has not interfered with, meddled with investigations nor influenced witnesses in the case.

“Neither the victims, witnesses or investigators have deposed to having been threatened or unduly influenced by the accused with a view of interfering with investigations and the conduct of the case,” argues Obado.

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It is his argument that if released on bail he will attend court, police, Director of Criminal Investigations and meet any requirements or conditions by the court for the admission to bond and/or bail.

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