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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.

READ ALSO:   I’m hurt but have accepted my fate: Obado

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.

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.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: The real untold story of Sharon Belyne Otieno and Zacharia Okoth Obado

“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.

“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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Long serving US Supreme court Judge and cultural icon Ruth Ginsburg dies at 87

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US Supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the apex Court and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation’s unlikely cultural icon, died on Friday. She was 87.

RBG, as she was popularly known, died in Washington DC  Friday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born on March 15, 1933, she served on the court  from 1993 until her death in 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993.

Ginsburg became the second of four female justices to be confirmed to the Court after Sandra Day O’Connor, the two others being Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom are still serving in 2020.

Following O’Connor’s retirement in 2006 and until Sotomayor joined the Court in 2009, she was the only female justice on the Supreme Court.

During that time, Ginsburg became more forceful with her dissents, which were noted by legal observers and in popular culture. She was generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg authored notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), and Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000).

READ ALSO:   I’m hurt but have accepted my fate: Obado

Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her older sister died when she was a baby, and her mother, one of her biggest sources of encouragement, died shortly before Ginsburg graduated from high school. She then earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, and became a wife and mother before starting law school at Harvard, where she was one of the few women in her class.

Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated tied for first in her class. Following law school, Ginsburg entered into academia. She was a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure as one of the few women in her field.

Ginsburg spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, winning multiple arguments before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsels in the 1970s. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until her appointment to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg received attention in American popular culture for her fiery liberal dissents and refusal to step down; she was dubbed “The Notorious R.B.G.”, a play on the name of the rapper known as “The Notorious B.I.G.“, in reference to her notable dissents.[3]

READ ALSO:   Sharon’s parents speak of life after daughter’s killing

She died at 87 years of age on September 18, 2020, from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home.\

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ODM announces plans to reconsider its policies

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A day after ODM party leader’s son Raila Junior made controversial remarks on the conduct of ODM politicians, the party has issued a statement on the same.

Speaking on behalf of ODM, Secretary General Edwin Sifuna announced that the party has plans to reassess its policies and make changes. Mr. Sifuna acknowledged that ODM needs to review its strategy.

He also noted that the party had initiated changes in its top organs. Additionally, he said that the changes are focusing on the 2022 general elections.

“We honestly looked at ourselves and even commissioned a task force to deliberate on internal issues. The team’s report, whose recommendations we have implemented, came with some indictment,” Mr. Sifuna stated.

“We wanted the task force to indicate our problems based on the report tabled before the National Executive Council (NEC) and adopted in its entirety,” he added.

The ODM Secretary-General also said that the party disbanded its National Election Board (NEB). Additionally, they disbanded the National Disciplinary Committee after it failed to discipline rebellious Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa.

Oduor Ong’wen, ODM’s Executive Director, also pointed out that they based the philosophy of ODM on fighting for human rights and devolution.

READ ALSO:   Sharon’s parents speak of life after daughter’s killing
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Senators want TikTok regulated in Kenya 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nominated Senator Iman Falhada Dekow now wants the government to regulate the usage of social media app TikTok.

Speaking at the Senate, the Senator accused the platform of collecting user data, location, phone number and other private information.

“There have been serious allegations against the application on the issue of data privacy, the application gathers information on a user’s country location, internet address and type of device if allowed.

“It will also ascertain the user’s exact location, phone contacts and other social media network connections as well as age and phone number,” she said.

TikTok is already under investigation over privacy concerns by U.S. and the European Union over its security.

“The question does arise to the safety of the data that Kenyans unknowingly provide to the application regarding themselves,” said Falhada

“The application has created a culture of violence, hate speech, bullying and exchange of sexually explicit content which in some cases are part of the trending topics with millions of posts.

“This has raised ethical concerns about the app and has contributed negatively to Kenyan society especially during COVID-19 pandemic era when schools have remained closed,” she added.

Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei said that all social media platforms need to be regulated.

READ ALSO:   Okoth Obado starts battle for his life

Mwaura said that American social media brands have also been sued across the world over data security breach.

“Ukiangalia zile kampuni ambazo zimeweza kuanzishwa kule Amerikani, zenyewe pia zimeshtakiwa katika anga za kimataifa kwa sababu ya kutokua na usiri wa data ambayo wanatoa kutokana na watu wote duniani,” he said

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