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Obado speaks on his ill health

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Remanded Migori Governor Okoth Obado has opened up on the county’s senatorial by-election set for Monday and his health problems.

Mr Obado also exuded confidence that he would secure his freedom from Industrial Area Remand Prison, Nairobi, on Monday

Speaking through lawyer Roger Sagana, Mr Obado said he was hoping for the best when the High Court revisits his application for bond.

“It is the discretion of the court but we hope for the best,” Mr Sagana said, adding that from the witness statements, it was clear the prosecution has a weak case.

Mr Obado said contrary to allegations that the by-election campaigns would be marred by violence orchestrated by his supporters, the exercise has been peaceful.

“Notwithstanding the ongoing campaign for Migori senatorial election set for October 8, and politicisation of my accusation, arrest and trial, there has been peace and order in and out of Migori county,” he said.

“I have preached peace before my arrest and shall continue doing so; if released on bail or bond,” he said.

Mr Obado has openly opposed ODM’s choice of former minister Ochilo Ayacko and is seen as the main backer of the youthful Eddy Oketch.

On Saturday, Mr Sagana confirmed that Mr Obado was still admitted at the general ward of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) after he was taken ill this week.

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Mr Obado is the chief suspect in the murder of Ms Sharon Otieno, 26, whose mutilated body was found in a thicket in Owade, near Oyugis township, Homa Bay County, on September 4.

In an affidavit he filed in court on Friday, Mr Obado says that looking at the statements filed by the 24 witnesses set to testify during the trial, there are no compelling reasons to continue denying him bond or bail pending trial.

“I pleaded not guilty to this charge and maintain my innocence. The hearing has not commenced and, in any case, it is not true that there is a strong case against me,” Mr Obado said.

Besides the argument that the prosecution’s case is weak, Mr Obado also cites medical grounds as the reason he should be given bond.

Mr Obado, his personal assistant Michael Oyamo and Mr Caspal Obiero, a clerk in Migori County, are expected back in the High Court on Monday where they will make fresh applications to be released on bond.

Mr Obado said he suffers from a severe back problem known as Nerve Compression with Disc Lesion on the Lumbar Spine. He said the problem started in 2013.

“To manage the condition, I have been under special care of a medical doctor by the name Prof Ating’a,” Mr Obado said, adding that the condition adversely affects his ability to stand for long hours.

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“Since my condition has not been attended to for the period I have been in custody, the complication aggravated and I was taken ill on September 29, 2018. I was subsequently admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital as an inpatient and my condition has not improved since then,” he said.

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Woman charged with stealing pistol from DP Ruto’s guard, selling it for Sh3,000

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A woman was charged yesterday for stealing a gun from the deputy president’s security officer at his residence in Mombasa.

Elsie Kazungu alias Gladys Wanjala reportedly stole the pistol from the police constable’s pillow and sold it to Joshua Oliech in Kisauni.

The two were charged with theft.

The charge sheet reads that on December 19, 2019, Kazungu “secretly stole a mobile phone valued at Sh1,200, a Ceska pistol serial number E1546 loaded with 15 bullets from the deputy president’s residence.”

The gun is yet to be found, but Kazungu and Oliech were charged before Chief Magistrate Edna Nyalotti.

The court freed them on a KSh200,000 bond each.

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China building special coronavirus hospital in just six days

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By JUDITH GICOBI

China has started to construct a new hospital in a record of six days in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The virus has so far infected at least 1400 people in China and around the globe and killing at least 41 people. 

 The city of Wuhan, where the disease is believed to have affected most people, has been put on lockdown and national officials requested the 11 million residents at the city to stay put. 

Chinese state media revealed that a new hospital will have a bed capacity of 1000 and the set up will be similar to a hospital built in Beijing in 2003 to contain the Sars virus. 

The new center will source for medical supplies and equipment from the neighboring hospitals and construction made out of prefabricated buildings. 

The virus has already been detected in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, and the United States.

There are fears that the spread could be faster as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during the Lunar New Year holiday, although many have canceled their travel plans.

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‘We had to drive to Naivasha,’ Tedd Josiah on wife’s request before her death

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Tedd Josiah, a Kenyan music producer, lost his wife in 2017 has shared on the last moments with his late wife, Reginah Katar.

He shared a photo explaining how his wife wanted something different.

On this day, mama gummy bear (RIP) decided she didn’t want the usual Sanford fries that she used to ask me to drive her to go buy almost every evening.

 

This Sunday she wanted fish, and she wanted it fresh from a lake, so we had to drive to Naivasha (her choice of lake) and buy some fish and have it made there…”

“Brothers, you see when you decide to have a baby, there’s gonna be cravings, mood swings and emotions your wife can’t even explain.”

Tedd urged married men to take care of their wives now that they are still around. 

“At that point u can’t flake!! You got to find some resolve and make it come together, if it’s Sanford fries or fish from the lake!

 Go do it! Cause a lot of children suffer cause their mothers were depressed during their pregnancies.”

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