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Obado to spend two more days in prison, court to rule on bail

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Migori governor Okoth Obado will spend two more nights in police cells when the court will make a ruling on his bail application.

Justice Jessie Lessit said she will make the ruling on Thursday at 2 pm.

This was after the government opposed his release on bail in the murder case of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

Senior investigation officer Clement Mwangi said there is a high likelihood of Obado interfering with or intimidating prosecution witnesses if released on bail.

The prosecution said it had not completed investigations, adding that releasing the suspect on is not an absolute right.

But Obado’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta said Article 49 is clear that any accused person brought to the court shall be entitled to bail.

“What material do you have here to deny our client bail… you are saying that the family of the deceased is threatened but there is no OB number that indicates they reported the matter,” Ombeta said.

He said that as long as the accused pleads not guilty then the presumption of innocence must take charge.

“His life must go on. We can’t wait for the allegations to go on. The prosecution has missed their target, public trial kills his spirit when he sees all this public glare,” he said.

He said the court must appreciate the dignity of the accused person, adding that escorting him to the courts every now and then makes him lose the dignity he has.

“If this accused person was to come to court every day in handcuffs where is the dignity?” he asked.

“But when he comes from his house, has spoken with the family, showered and done his prayers, then dignity comes in.”

Ombeta said for the prosecution to say they have a strong case, then they need strong evidence.

“When we are told that they have a strong case how is that evidence my lady?” he said.

Ombeta asked the prosecution why they brought the accused to court when they had not completed the investigations.

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“When they bring him here it means they have completed investigations. Why did they bring him here when they have not concluded? ” he asked. 

But the assistant DPP Jacob Ondari said Ombeta should not claim that the court does not appreciate the dignity of the accused. 

“If it was about dignity then the poor people in custody do not deserve any dignity. It has been said that the prosecution has not provided evidence that the accused is a person of influence,” he said.

“I suspect that the counsel was not serious about it because everybody knows the influence and stature of the accused.”

Ondari said there are threats and intimidation to scare witnesses in the case.

“Such are considerations that the court must take into account when deciding to release the person on bond or not,” he said.

“The urge of suspects to try and cover their trails is very critical if the accused is released on bail. We must understand the circumstances in which the deceased was killed.”

Obado filed an application to be released on bail but Justice Lessit directed that the matter be heard on Tuesday afternoon.

His lawyers also requested for an early hearing date arguing that the governor was arrested on Friday.

But Ondari opposed the application and applied to have the governor remanded until Wednesday.

The embattled governor spent three ‘humbling’ nights at the Gigiri police cells following his arrest. There was no VIP treatment for him while in custody.

Read: Obado denies killing Sharon, remanded at Industrial Area

The governor spent another night in remand at the Industrial Area Prison pending the ruling of his bond application.

When he appeared before Justice Lessit on Monday, Obado denied killing Sharon.

Read: Obado murder trial begins as DPP orders arrest of hit men

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Court to rule on BBI cases Thursday » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11- The High Court will on Thursday render its judgment on the consolidated petitions against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill that was passed by Members of the National Assembly last week.

The Senate was set to vote on the Bill Tuesday.

The High Court had in February issued a temporary conservatory order restraining the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from subjecting the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 popularly known as BBI Bill to a referendum.

A 5-judge bench presided by Justice Joel Ngugi issued the order pending hearing and determination of the petition as consolidated by Turkana County Assembly, Thirdway Alliance and with six others.

On Thursday last week, 235 out of the 320 members of the National Assembly who participated in the voting exercise on the Second Reading of the Bill supported it against 83 who rejected while two abstained.

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The vote was largely divided along MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga against those loyal to Deputy President William Ruto who had vowed to shoot down the bill, following a series of meetings at his official residence in Karen and during countrywide political rallies.

Some eleven MPs, including Bahati’s Kimani Ngunjiri, however voted in its favour despite having vowed to shoot it down.

The House then proceeded to plenary where a vote on the Bill’s Third Reading was taken. 224 MPs voted yes, 63 rejected and 2 abstained.

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The vote that lasted four hours was conducted through a roll call as others voted virtually.

The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi will retreat to embark on the correction of typographical errors in the Bill before transmitting it to President Uhuru Kenyatta for assent.

Before assenting to the Bill, President Kenyatta shall request IEBC to conduct, within ninety days, a national referendum for approval of the Bill, subject to the determination of pending court cases challenging the Bill’s constitutionality which was due on Thursday.

Once the court gives the electoral body the green light to prepare the national referendum, within thirty days after IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati confirms to the President that the Bill has been approved in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the President shall assent to the Bill and cause it to be published.

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Kenya: Hope in Kenya as Covid Rate Slows to 3.6%

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Nairobi — Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate slowed down to 3.6 percent Monday after weeks of a sustained increase.

On Monday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said only 66 new positive cases were logged from 1,833 samples tested since Sunday.

This represents the lowest figure in nearly two months and is below the five percent threshold recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

President Uhuru Kenyatta re-opened the country on May 1 when he lifted a partial lockdown placed on five counties, including the capital Nairobi. The others are Machakos, Kiambu, Nakuru and Kajiado.

He also allowed the resumption of hotels and restaurants for sit-in services while reopening bars which had remained closed since last year. They close at 7pm.

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Kagwe said there were 1,122 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide with 4,783 patients on the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Another 134 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit including 23 who are on ventilatory support, 85 on supplemental oxygen, and 26 who are under observation.

“Eighty-nine patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 83 of them in general wards and 6 n High Dependency Units,” Kagwe said in his daily updates on the disease.

He said 917,068 people including 280,876 who are aged 58 years and above, 143,684 teachers, 77,417 security officers had been vaccinated by May 10.

Total confirmed positive cases stood 163,620 out of the 1,721,122 cumulative tests conducted by Monday 10.

Majority of the cases were spread across Nairobi(32), Kisii(11), Meru(5), Uasin Gishu(4) and Nakuru (3).

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Ugandan security official arrested in possession of 3 pieces of ivory worth Sh3M – The Informer

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Senior Security Officer from Uganda has been arrested in possession of three pieces of animal trophies worth Kshs 3 million street value.

Kennedy Wabwire, a lieutenant working in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UBDF) in Uganda was arrested on Friday at around 2.00 pm through a tip off from members of the public.

According to the Busia DCIO Benard Wamalwa, they got information that some Ugandan Nationals were on a mission to traffic ivory into Kenya with the aim of selling.

“Police officers liaised with the informer and lured the suspects that the buyer was waiting for the items at one of the Mosques in Busia town,” he said.

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“The suspects arrived in two motorbikes and we managed to arrest one as the other one fled.”

Wamalwa says that efforts are underway to arrest the other culprits who escaped on another motorcycle with a sack of ivory.

According to him, the suspect disclosed that they used the Mariachi route to access the Mosque.

He urged local residents to report suspected people dealing in the any illegal activity, adding trade in ivory was affecting both Kenya and Uganda negatively through loss of revenue that could be gotten from tourism.

Further, he said that the boda boda rider who was carrying the suspects has also been arrested and has recorded statements with the police as a witness.

The suspect has been taken to court and will be charged with being in possession of wildlife trophies contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation Management Act of 2013.

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