A trial court in Nairobi has directed that embattled Migori governor be detained with other inmates at the Industrial Area remand prison.

Justice Jessie Lessit overruled a request by the governor’s lawyer retired judge Nicholas Ombija that he be detained at the Gigiri police station pending arguments and counter-arguments  on his possible release on bond.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado when he appeared at the Milimani law court for the commencement of Sharon Otieno's murder trial, Monday, September 24, 2018. /COURTESY
Migori Governor Okoth Obado is set to spend another night in remand at the Industrial Area Prison pending the ruling of his bond application.

The prosecution has intimated that it will be opposed to the release of the murder suspects on bond.

State counsel Jacob Ondari told the judge that after “taking plea” Obado was no longer liable to be in police custody.

“Let him be treated like any other suspect,” the prosecutor submitted, shortly before the judge made the ruling.

Obado has been charged with the callous murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno whom he had an extramarital affair with.

Justice Lessit read to Obado the charge stating that on September 3 2018 at Kowade area in Migori, jointly with others not in court he murdered the young woman.

earlier there had been indication from the ODPP that he may be charged with aiding and abetting the commission of murder , which also carries an equal penalty to actual murder if convicted.

“I understand the charge…” Obado said before adding “its not true.”

The judge said she had entered a plea of not guilty against Obado’s pleading.

Court precincts

Placard carrying supporters jammed the court precincts and orderlies had a rough time keeping them at bay.

Obado’s bond application will be supported by a sworn  affidavit, Ombija said.

There could be cliche suggestions that he believes he is innocent and is anxious to be declared so through a speedy trial hence he may not escape from the jurisdiction of the court in the pendency of the hearing.

The prosecution is apprehensive that Obado may interfere with witnesses if granted bail.

These arguments are to be canvassed in detail in court on September 25 2019.