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Okoth Obado starts battle for his life

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He sat calmly, occasionally chatting with his lawyers Nicholas Ombija and Evans Ondieki as he waited to plead to murder charge.

Wearing a dark blue suit, a white shirt and a matching tie, Migori Governor Zachary Okoth Obado was at the High Court in Milimani by 8am but was kept waiting until 9am, when the court sat for the business of the day.

But even then, Mr Obado and his advocates were informed that the case had been pushed to 11am, and his supporters were ordered out of the courtroom for other cases to proceed.

A few minutes to 11am, Mr Obado was brought back and his supporters jostled with court orderlies to be allowed into the packed courtroom.

A few managed to enter but most of them were locked outside. Hundreds others, waving placards, sang outside the Milimani Law Courts.

When Justice Jessie Lessit entered the courtroom, Mr Ombija, a retired judge, introduced three other advocates who were acting on behalf of Mr Obado.

The prosecution had Assistant DPP Jacob Ondari and Tom Imbali on the opposite side.

Justice Lessit then read the charge and asked the governor whether he had understood it, to which Mr Obado replied, “Yes”.

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“Is it true or not true?’ the judge asked. “It’s not true,” Mr Obado answered.

Through Mr Ombija, Mr Obado applied to be released on bail or bond, pending the trial.

Mr Ombija said he has filed the application for bail and served it to the prosecution.

In the application, Mr Obado said he is not a flight risk, and will not interfere with the witnesses or any other matter being investigated by the police.

BOND REQUEST

In an affidavit filed by Mr Roger Sagana, Mr Obado said the offence of murder is bailable under Article 49(1)(h) of the Constitution.

He said the governor has a qualified constitutional right to be released on bond on reasonable conditions, and that he has a right to be presumed innocent until the contrary is proven.

“The applicant will present himself to court as of and when required, until the matter is concluded. He will abide by any conditions that shall be set by the court,” the application read.

Mr Ondari told the court that the prosecution needed time to respond to the application and that another matter against Mr Obado’s personal assistant, Mr Michael Juma Oyamo, is coming up tomorrow and the two issues should be mentioned together.

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Mr Oyamo was taken to court on September 9 and the charge read to him but he was not required to plead. The prosecution was granted 14 days to continue holding him and complete the investigations.

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CJ Maraga rejects Senator Malala’s three-goat gift 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday turned down Kakamega Senator Cleaophas Malala’s three goat gift citing the Judicial Service Commission code of conduct that bars him from receiving a gift worth more than Sh20,000.

CJ Maraga had graced the Grand opening of the new Kakamega Law Courts building when he was presented with the gift.

“Today on behalf of the people of Kakamega and as the Senator for Kakamega. I want to present to you a symbolic gift that is going to help you achieve this legacy.

“I have three animals here representing three arms of the government. I want to present it to you as a symbolic gift representing unity among the the three arms of the government.” said Senator Malala

The CJ who instead handed the goats to Kakamega law courts users’ committee chairman Sylvester Mambiri also sited Malala’s ongoing court case.

“If am not wrong, the senator has donated a gift to me but he has put me in trouble because I think he has a case in court, secondly under the Judiciary code of conduct I am not allowed to take a gift which is more than 20,000 shillings and this goats look like they are more than 30,000.” the CJ said

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During the event, the CJ steered clear of the controversy over his advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failure to legislate on the two-thirds gender rule.

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ODM MP suspended for attending Ruto’s meeting

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya days after he attended Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting.

The MP was accused of switched alliances and teaming up with DP William Ruto and the party had resolved to take action on the MP over what they called “recent political alignments.”

In a statement through the Party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had also decided to suspend Baya from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary.

The party explained that the decision was made after his recent move which has cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives.

“Cognizant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations the NEC resolved to suspend MP Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” read a statement from the party.

On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

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Atwoli intensifies fight with DP Ruto over hustler tag

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has once again put Deputy President William Ruto on blast for using the ‘hustler’ tag.

Speaking during a press conference, the Atwoli stated that the tag hustler had a negative meaning which translates to someone who uses mischievous ways to get wealth.

He added that all Kenyans are yearning for is an organized system of government that could provide employment and not creating hustlers.

He pointed out that William Ruto was not poor as he makes his supporters believe and he is just using them to climb to the top. He disclosed that William Ruto owns choppers, mansions, and every space in the country.

Atwoli went on to call out the DP for the donations he has been giving out to the youths and women stating that they were just peanuts compared to the amount of wealth he has amassed over the years.

“The person telling you about being a hustler owns five choppers, a mansion and owns every empty space in the republic of Kenya. You are calling yourself a hustler and yet you are not. Even God cannot allow. Then you go to the church to cheat about being a hustler,” he said.

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A few days ago, Atwoli blasted William Ruto for using the tag while asking Kenyans to reject him stating that no one should allow themselves to be called a hustler. He claimed that hustlers are thieves.

Atwoli who claimed that he would disown his children if they referred themselves as hustlers stated that people should go to school, get an education and get jobs in reputable companies instead of hustling.

“You then become a branch manager of Kenya Breweries, get a house allowance, a car loan, and have a nice house. You are not hustlers. We cannot have a nation of hustlers because it is a man eats man society,” Atwoli said.

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