The governor was arrested in connection with murder of pregnant ex-girlfriend Sharon Otieno – Obado was being held at Industrial Area Remand Prison where he stayed for over a month – He was eventually freed on cash bail on Wednesday albeit under tough conditions – Justice Jessie Lessit cited a number of reasons why she could not keep the governor behind bars any longer Embattled Migori County governor Zachary Okoth Obado was on Wednesday, October 24, granted freedom after spending over a month in remand, and a number of factors necessitated his conditional release.
It turned out the prosecutor did not succeed in directly linking the county chief to the gruesome murder of his seven-month pregnant ex-lover, Sharon Beryl Otieno, whose lifeless body was found dumped in Kodero Forest on September 4, 2018.
Migori governor to spend another night in remand despite giving out KSh 5 million, two cars The court ordered Migori governor Okoth Obado (pictured) to give two sureties of similar amount to the KSh 5 million cash bail as condition for his release.
Okoth Obado’s supporters erupt in wild celebrations following his release While ruling on the weighty matter of public interest at the Milimani Law Courts, the non-nonsense High Court judge literally sent the prosecutor back to the drawing board when she said there was no substantive evidence yet to put the first accused at the crime scene. “Although the court could not make conclusive findings of the evidence presented, I find there is only circumstantial evidence linking the first accused to the crime. It would therefore be dangerous to deny him bail based on these kind of evidence,” Lesiit ruled.
Governor Okoth Obado arrested, grilled for a second time over Sharon’s murder The judge seemed to be in complete agreement with Obado’s lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, who had argued during bail hearing that none of the witnesses presented by the prosecutor directly linked his client to the murder or even mentioned his client in relation to the heinous crime. Ombeta had earlier argued his client was capable of attending his trial and therefore there was no need to continue holding him against his rights. “Article 50 of the Constitution is very clear. The presumption of innocence also helps us to prepare for the case and for my client to prepare for his trial with free mind and be able to consult his lawyers,” the lawyer argued.
DNA test confirms Migori Governor Okoth Obado sired late Sharon Otieno’s baby In sustained attempts to block the release of the governor, the prosecutor had insisted the first accused was likely to interfere with witnesses owing to his powerful position in Migori County.