Migori Governor Okoth Obado Makes Request To Court Over Travel Ban

Migori County Governor Okoth Obado. / Courtesy

Migori Governor Okoth Obado now seeks to have the court review the terms of his bail.

The governor wants the court to allow him to travel within Homa Bay County as well as have his travel documents released.

In his application to the court, Obado noted that as a county boss, his work involves travelling and shuttling mostly from Nairobi to Migori Town where his official residence and office are situated.

He further notes that Migori is comprised of eight constituencies and with the restriction that only allows him to move within 20 kilometers of Homa Bay County, he will not be able too effectively serve his constituents.

“As such it is impracticable for the accused to effectively discharge the constitutional mandate as the Governor of Migori County,” reads part of the application.

Obado also highlights that the only mode of travelling to Nairobi from Migori town without violating the 20 kilometer perimeter rule means he has to incur so much travel expenses.

For him to get to his county from Nairobi, the county boss who pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, he has to either use a flight or spend six-hours longer if he travels by road as he had to go through Trans Mara instead of the shorter Kisii-Suneka-Rongo route since it goes through the restricted area.

“The Trans Mara Road also has a very rough terrain, making it extremely uncomfortable and torturous to travel on the road,” states the governor.

Read: It Is Business As Usual For Governor Obado As He Reports To The County Offices

Additionally, Obado noted that he needs his travelling documents because as the Chairperson of the Agriculture sub-committee of the Council of Governors, he is required to represent the CoG in international, regional and local forums and conferences.

“That having deposited all his travel documents to court, the accused cannot effectively execute his mandate as the Chair of the Sub-committee,” emphasized the application.

He, Obado, was released on a cash bail of Ksh5 million.

He insists that the review of hi bail term will not in an way affect the case.

The application is set to be heard on March 20 when the pre-trial begins.

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Written by Jael Keya

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