Migori Governor Okoth Obado has denied the murder of his pregnant girlfriend Sharon Otieno in Homa Bay.

Mr Obado denied the charge when he appeared before the High Court in Milimani, Nairobi, on Monday morning.

Appearing alone in the dock, Mr Obado who was represented by four lawyers, denied that he and others not before court murdered Ms Otieno between September 3 and 4 at Owade area in Rachuonyo.

He was sent to the prison after his lawyers lost a bid to have him detained at the Gigiri Police Station.

The governor will be held pending hearing of his bond request, which will be argued on Tuesday at 2pm.

Defence lawyers, led by Nicholas Ombija and Cliff Ombeta, want him freed on bond so that he can continue with his gubernatorial job.

Mr Ombija also requested for an early hearing date because the governor was arrested on Friday.

But the prosecution, led by Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Jacob Ondari and Tom Imbali, opposed the bail application and applied to have Mr Obado remanded until Wednesday.

Mr Ondari told Justice Jessie Lesiit that another matter related to the case is coming up on Wednesday and they plan to consolidate the two cases.