NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – Migori Governor Okoth Obado will spend another night in custody to await a court ruling on whether he should be detained for more 15 days to allow investigation on guns found in his rural home.
Obado, who is out on bond in a murder case, was arrested and arraigned in court on Thursday but the prosecution led by Catherine Mwaniki said police need more time to finalize investigations.
“The most probable offence will be that of possession of a firearm without a valid certificate and possession of ammunition,” she said.
“That is why we are praying for the ample time to rule out if there is any other offence which could have been committed if the court gives us ample time especially to confirm if the said firearms had been used for any other offence and your honour, this is very important even for the public,” she stated.
But Obado’s lawyers Cliff Ombeta and Rodger Sagana were however, opposed to the application to deny Obado bond, terming it a witch-hunt and clear violation of his rights.
“Is this the way we are going to treat his dignity. Is this the way we are going to handle him, to keep him in a cell for 15 days for no reason at all? This is a provision in the constitution your honor and we are asking you to enforce it,” Ombeta stated.
“Please enforce it so that his dignity can be maintained. This issue of calling him every day and bullying him and going to his house at 6.00am in the morning when he is in pajamas, finding nothing wrong and going away, then going to Migori to look for something to justify those actions, those days are gone,” he explained.
Kibera Magistrate Joyce Gadani has now ordered Obado detained at the Gigiri police station until 11:30 am on Friday when she will rule on the matter.
The guns were discovered by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives who were searching his houses in Nairobi and Migori, for evidence in a corruption investigation they are undertaking.
Obado is also out on bond in a case in which he is accused of killing his lover Sharon Otieno and her unborn baby.
He has been active lately attending political meetings, often accompanying the Deputy President who is seeking to make in-roads in Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s Nyanza backyard.