It is Uhuru at last for embattled Migori governor Okoth Obado after a nightmare 34 days at the Industrial Area Police Station.
The governor walked to freedom on Thursday evening after spending a night in jail even after he was freed on a Ksh.5 million bail on Wednesday.
An issue had emerged with one of his sureties and having no time to handle the matter before the close of business on Wednesday, he was remanded for another night.
The governor spent the better part of the day sorting out the issue and was at last released on Thursday at around 6pm, according to his lawyer Cliff Ombeta. Obado had deposited the Ksh.5 million cash bail and also presented two of his cars, a Toyota Prado and Toyota Land Cruiser V8 as sureties.
It has been a nightmare for Obado, which may not go away anytime soon. At one time, he fell sick and was rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Perhaps the first thing he should do, after he gets home is thank his wife, Hellen Obado, who despite all the cheating has stood by him. It is not easy for a woman to come to terms with the fact that her husband was cheating on her, with a girl young enough to be his daughter.
He will later take a decent bath, eat a nice meal and maybe just maybe make love.
He will however have a lot to ponder. As the memories of his girlfriend Sharon, will not go away anytime soon. Only the governor knows the truth on whether he had something to do with her murder or not.
And if he didn’t order her execution, then who did? Sharon was tortured, raped before being murdered. An autopsy report revealed that she was gang raped before being stabbed eight times. One of the knives penetrated her belly and killed the unborn son.
The only thing that could have led to such a brutal murder was her relationship with the governor and he ought to carry some guilt.
Other conditions for his release were that not go anywhere near the Sharon Otieno murder scene.
“He shall not go anywhere within 20Kms of Homabay County boundary on all sides of that county,” Justice Jessie Lessit warned.
She further directed that Obado should not skip any court session as his bail could be revoked at any time.
Obado has been in police custody since Friday, September 21 when he was arrested in connection with the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and detained at Gigiri Police Station in Nairobi.
On September 24, the governor was then charged with murder together with two of his aides, and were all moved to the Industrial Area Remand Prison.