Migori Governor Okoth Obado and his four children have been freed on Ksh.18.25million cash bail after they denied Ksh.73million fraud charges.
“I will consider the amount each of the accused person in the charges and the number of charges. COVID-19 is also a factor to be considered,” Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi said.
The Prosecution had objected to the release of Obado and his co-accused on cash bail saying that they were likely to abscond court.
“Likelihood of interference is real. There was fire incident as investigations were going on,” the Prosecution said.
However, Lawyer Kioko Kilikumi argued that the offenses are bailable and that there is no single averment that the accused will abscond court.
He further insisted that there was no concrete evidence to show that they could interfere with witnesses.
Nobody was identified as responsible for the fire and dismissed the allegations by the prosecution. He was released on bail in the murder case and has never absconded court,” Kilukumi said.
The lawyer was referring to the Sharon Otieno murder case.
On Monday, Magistrate Mugambi ruled that an appropriate condition can be placed to avoid the issue of interference of witnesses.
He also agreed with the Defense team’s argument on the fire incident saying no one has been pointed out or connected to it.
The court however directed that Obado be barred from accessing the Migori County office and that he should pick his personal belongings under police escort.
The Governor has also been ordered to surrender his passports to the court, not travel outside the country and not interfere with witnesses.
He and his co-accused who include four of his children were arraigned at a Nairobi court on Monday after spending the weekend in police custody.