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Migori governor Okoth Obado is spending the weekend in police custody awaiting arraignment in court on Monday in connection with the murder of University Student Sharon Otieno. 

The embattled county chief was arrested Friday morning and spent the better part of the day at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations recording statements.

The County boss is now facing pressure from Kenyans to resign. International Center for Policy and Conflict says Obado is not suitable to hold state office.

“Governor Obado under current circumstances cannot discharge Article 129 of the Constitution which requires that executive authority be exercised in a manner compatible with the principle of service to the people of Kenya and their well-being and benefits and the principles of leadership and integrity under sections 9 and 10 of the Public Officers Ethics Act” says ICPC boss Ndung’u Wainaina.

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Early this month, the country was in shock when Rongo university Student Sharon Otieno who had gone missing was found brutally murdered.

Since then, investigators probing the murder have been piecing together evidence following various leads in a bid to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous act.

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Migori governor Okoth Obado’s personal assistant was the first suspect to be arrested and was immediately taken in for questioning by police, and has been spending his time in police cells.

But in an unexpected turn of events, the crime busters went for Obado. The embattled governor was driven to the Criminal Investigations Department along Kiambu road for questioning.

He spent the better part of the day with investigators shedding light on what he might have known regarding Sharon’s murder especially after it was confirmed that the former university student was pregnant with his child.

His lawyer Cliff Ombeta confirmed the charges saying the governor would spend the weekend in police custody.

He, however, maintains that his client is innocent even as it emerged that Obado’s wife could also be in line for questioning.

Governor Obado joins five other suspects including his personal assistant Michael Oyamo, bodyguard Elvis Omondi and a clerk in the county Caspal Obiero. Also in custody is former Kanyadoto MCA Lawrence Mula.

A court has also allowed police to detain Mr. Jack Gombe the driver of a Toyota Fielder, the vehicle they believe was used in the abduction of Sharon and journalist Barack Oduor for two weeks for questioning.



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Ruto’s Mt Kenya hustlers meet to fine-tune bottom-up economic model » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday hosted leaders from Mt Kenya region to discuss how to re-engineer the country’s economy.

Ruto said the meeting which was a follow-up to a similar forum held in Maasai Mara on May 1 deliberated on collaborative efforts to re-engineer government economic approach to one that promotes enterprise and fosters the empowerment of ordinary Kenyans.

“Through the ongoing consultations covering all regions and all sectors of the economy, we anticipate the generation of more jobs and expanded opportunities for those in the lower cadre will rid our country of poverty,” he tweeted.

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During an engagement with three representatives from each of the 11 counties from Mt Kenya region, it was agreed that more targeted and inclusive sessions should be held with Hustler Movement representatives, Members of the County Assemblies, religious and business leaders to follow as the country opens up.

The DP has been building the Hustler Movement, a political group championing for a bottom-up economic model, as his preferred platform for the 2022 presidential run.

At Maasai Mara, Ruto was accompanied by economist David Ndii who briefed the legislators on DP’s proposed ‘Bottom-Up Economic model’ which seeks to uplift the common citizen and provide them with an opportunity to have a say in government.

The DP on Friday held another meeting with over 50 individuals including a section of Mt Kenya where the politicians and experts from different sectors discussed economic revival, a subject Ruto has been propagating since the pandemic broke out in the country.

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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