In Summary
  • From spending a month in Industrial Area Remand Prison over the murder of his girlfriend Sharon Otieno to his political rival Ochillo Ayacko winning the senator race, Obado saw it all.
  • His woes deepened in November when EACC detectives raided his office and homes in Migori and Nairobi and confiscated, among other things, eight firearms, several bank statements and electronics.
  • The governor is likely to remain in the limelight this year due to Ms Otieno’s murder case and his opposition to referendum calls.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado is among public figures who hogged the headlines in 2018.

From spending a month in Industrial Area Remand Prison over the murder of his girlfriend Sharon Otieno to his political rival Ochillo Ayacko winning the senator race, Mr Obado saw it all.

MURDER CHARGE

The governor was in October released on bail after he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Ms Otieno, one of the most publicised murder cases in 2018.

In September, Ms Otieno, a student at Rongo University, was abducted alongside Nation journalist Barack Oduor, who escaped narrowly by jumping from the abductors' speeding vehicle.

Days later, the lifeless body of Ms Otieno was found dumped in K'odera Forest in Homa Bay County. Ms Otieno was said to have been seven months pregnant.

What followed was an eleborate criminal investigation that saw Mr Obado and his two aides, Mr Caspal Obiero and Michael Oyamo, arrested as they emerged key suspects in the murder.

BAIL

Mr Obado was, however, granted bail on October 24 by High Court judge Jessie Lessit.

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