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Obado released on Sh5 m bail with tough conditions

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By Dorcus Osongo | October 24th 2018

Obado released on Sh5m bail with tough conditions [Courtesy]

Governor Obado was on Wednesday morning freed on cash bail at the Milimani Law Courts. The Migori governor was directed by the High Court to pay Ksh5 million bail with two sureties of the same.

During the ruling, High Court Judge Jessie Lesiit issued other conditions to be complied with by Obado failure to which the bail would be cancelled.

Among the terms set by Justice Lesiit on Obado's bail were:

            Travel documents

Governor Obado is to surrender his travel documents in court, that is his Kenyan, East African and diplomatic passports.

This means that Obado may not be able to travel outside the country to discharge his duties as Migori County seniormost executive.

           Restricted movement

The court also ordered that Obado should not go within 20km of Homa Bay-Migori boundary. This is where the murder of Sharon Otieno, which he is accused of, took place.

           Adjournment

Governor Obado shall not cause an adjournment during the trial. He has to attend all the court sessions and may not appeal in any case for adjournment.

           Trips to court

 He shall report to the Deputy Registrar of the Milimani High Court once a month.

           Witnesses

Governor Obado shall not contact, interfere or intimidate witnesses. He shall also refrain from intimidating parents, siblings and any relations of Ms Sharon Otieno.

           Rallies

Governor Obado shall not discuss the deceased and the case in meetings and political rallies.

Obado’s co-accused Michael Oyamo (personal assistant) and Migori County Clerk Caspal Obiero will remain in custody after being denied bail.

Judge Lesiit ruled that the release of Oyamo and Obiero would cause fear and anxiety among members of the public. She also cited security concerns as part of the reasons why the two will remain at the Industrial Area Remand Prison.

Governor Obado has since denied charges of murdering Sharon on September 3 at Owade in Rachuonyo Sub-County of Homa Bay County.

The slain university student was buried on Friday, October 19.

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