In Summary
  • According to Mr Wainaina, the two cases against Mr Obado provide enough grounds for a county governor to removed from office under article 181 (1) of the Constitution.

A governance and human rights organisation has asked the anti-graft agency to initiate the removal of Migori Governor Okoth Obado from office over alleged abuse of office and the murder of a university student.

Mr Obado is accused of murdering Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and her unborn baby in September. He is out on bond pending trial, which starts next year.

The Migori County boss is also being investigated by the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) for allegedly using his position to steal Sh2 billion in public funds through companies registered by his relatives.

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The International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC), in a petition to the EACC, wants the commission to invoke its powers under its Leadership and Integrity Act, the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act and Chapter Six of the Constitution to have the governor resign or forced out of office.

“Obado’s case provides a watershed moment for EACC to deal with impunity and corruption, a mortal blow through enforcement of accountability, integrity and ethics on all state office holders consistent with the ongoing campaign against corruption and impunity,” ICPC Executive Director Ndungu Wainaina said.

He added: “It is not only imperative for the holder of the office of governor to have the highest standards of integrity, but independently that the integrity of the institution must be preserved”.

Mr Wainaina noted that having criminal elements in politics, whether they are convicted or not, tarnishes the image of the office they hold.

The two cases against Mr Obado, said Mr Maina, provide enough grounds for a county governor to be removed from office under article 181 (1) of the Constitution.

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