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There’s little chance Obado will lose his seat – lawyers

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Migori governor Okoth Obado stands little chance of losing his job, lawyers say as his trial for the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno starts today.

There is panic in the governor’s inner circle that he may be remanded for a long time, putting his job as the county chief at stake.

Already, a section of the civil society has started pushing for Obado’s resignation, citing Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity.

Nairobi LSK chairman Charles Kanjama said while any offence is bailable, the judge has the discretion to grant it or not.

Kanjama said there are hundreds of murder suspects who have been denied bail.

The lawyer said among Obado’s biggest threats would be MCAs, who can kick off impeachment proceedings. “If the county assembly feels that a governor is engaged in gross misconduct, they don’t need to wait for the criminal trial to end, they can begin the political process of removing the governor,” he said.

City lawyer Soyinka Lempaa yesterday said the Judiciary lowered the integrity threshold when it allowed President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto to contest for the presidency in 2013.

See: EACC freezes Obado accounts over graft

At the time, the two leaders were facing crimes against humanity charges at The Hague.

“One of Article 50 rights is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Uhuru and Ruto were able to use that to vie for the presidency and deputy presidency, when they were charged with crimes against humanity… crimes against humanity are more serious offences,” Lempaa told the Star.

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He said Obado will easily get bail because a precedent has been set. “So Obado will be charged tomorrow [Monday] and by Tuesday he will be back in office because we expect him as governor to have a lot of money to give cash bail of even Sh5 million or whatever amount,” the lawyer said.

Lempaa gave the example of EALA MP Simon Mbugua, who was charged with robbery with violence against businessman Timothy Muriuki, but is out on bail.

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“Going by that precedent, there is no way you can say Obado’s job is at risk, because he is going to be charged with murder…robbery with violence itself carries a death sentence,” he said.

Throughout his six-year stint as governor, Obado has always courted controversy, finding himself on the wrong side of Nyanza politics.

The county boss has repeatedly locked horns with the region’s political kingpin Raila Odinga and his allies, among them Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.

In the run-up to the 2013 election, Obado defied Raila’s six-piece calls by ditching ODM and accused the opposition chief of imposing his preferred candidate, Akong’o Oyugi on Migori people. He defeated Oyugi in the election on the People’s Democratic Party.

Obado’s election on the PDP ticket led to his gravitating towards DP Ruto, until he rejoined ODM ahead of the 2017 elections.

goons disrupted rally

But that was not his last major clash with ODM bigwigs.

As ODM nominations grew closer, goons said to be allied to Obado stormed Migori Stadium and violently disrupted a campaign rally led by Mombasa governor Hassan Joho.

Read: Obado to be charged with Sharon’s murder, DCI confirms

The campaign was meant to drum up support for his then opponent, former Energy minister Ochillo Ayacko.

His rivalry with Ayacko was revived after the former minister was cleared by ODM to contest the Migori senator seat. The seat was left vacant following the death of former radio broadcaster Oluoch Okello. The by-election will be held on October 8.

Obado is a trained teacher and was formerly the director of Kenya Sugar Board.

He has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master’s degree in Strategic Management both from Kenyatta University.

Read: Obado loved Sharon and couldn’t murder her, his lawyer protests

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Suluhu: Closer ties for Kenya and Tanzania

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?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations soar among youth in Americas – KBC

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Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people are surging as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

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“Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” Etienne said at her daily press briefing as quoted in a PAHO release.

In Brazil, mortality rates doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s, and tripled for those in their 50s, between December 2020 and March 2021, she said.

“For much of the pandemic, our hospitals were filled with elderly COVID patients, many of whom had pre-existing conditions that made them more susceptible to severe disease,” Etienne said. “But look around intensive care units across our region today. You’ll see they’re filled not only with elderly patients, but also with younger people.”

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Etienne urged hospitals in the region to increase the size of intensive care units (ICU) in anticipation that the trend will continue, while warning that expansion of ICUs cannot continue indefinitely.

As a result, she urged nations to double down on prevention measures such as lockdowns and facemasks.

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Uhuru wa biashara, Suluhu ya vikwazo: How Kenya-Tanzania trade will be streamlined

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Tanzania counterpart Samia Suluhu, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya.[PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta says ministers from both Kenya and Tanzania should resolve all non-tariff barriers and other restrictions affecting the two countries within four months.
Uhuru, on Wednesday said going forward, there will be no business visa or work permits for Tanzanian wishing to do business in the country.
“You are free to come and trade here in Kenya, there will be no business visas or work permits as long as you abide by the laws of the land,” he said.
Uhuru was speaking during the Kenya-Tanzania Investment Forum at Serena hotel. The forum was in line with President Samia Suluhu’s two-day state visit.
Kenya has about 513 companies doing business in Tanzania compared to Tanzania’s 30 in Nairobi.
Uhuru said in the next two weeks, concerned ministers from both sides should clear all the traffic jams at the Taveta and Namanga border points.
Uhuru said they should pay a special focus to the issuance of Covid-19 certificates to ease the movement of  transit cargo.
“I direct that all the maize lying at the border be cleared in two weeks. We cannot subject businesses to more suffering,” Uhuru said.

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Uhuru urged the ministers to move swiftly and ensure the ease of doing business at the border pointswas decisively tackled.
“It is not about wearing suits and meeting over tea.Get to the ground and understand what is affecting those traders. Don’t just sit in those offices. If you need to consult, do it and get the work done,” he said.
Uhuru’s sentiments came shortly after the Kenya Business Community nsaid it was ready to trade with the Tanzanian business community.
Led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC), the community proposed the formulation of a Joint Business Council that will support the two countries.
KNCC President Fred Ngatia said the council would play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil  Nairobi-Dar trade,
The community said there should be policy forums and investment-focused events that will target small-scale enterprises.
“We are going to focus more on economic projects by identifying favourable financing institutions that will help us settle some of the commercial disputes affecting our community,” Ngatia said.
He said this will be made possible through the Public-Private Partnerships offered by the government.
As a result, KNCC in partnership with the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce will host a trade and investment exhibition in Dar es Salaam this August aiming to help SMEs unlock their potential.
So far Trade and Agriculture ministers from the two sides have had a breakfast meeting and agreed to initiate bilateral discussion before the end of the month.
Trade CS Betty Maina said the discussions aim to iron out all issues that have been hampering trade between the two countries.
This includes issues surrounding maize import.
President Samia Suluhu said her government was ready to serve as a bridge to pave way for businesses between the two countries to thrive.
“It is not about competing and complicating things, but about developing business relationships to allow both parties to explore opportunities,” she said.
Suluhu said while Tanzania is rich with natural resources and tourist attractions, Kenya is thriving in the ICT world and thus the need for exchange of skills on research and development.
“Muna bahati sana maanake upande mmoja mnao Uhuru wa kufanya biashara na upande mwingine Suluhu la kuondoa vikwazo,” Suluhu said.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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