Court issues fresh ruling on Obado's Migori travel ban

Court makes ruling

Migori Governor Okoth Obado during a past court session

The High Court on Tuesday lifted the ban imposed on Migori Governor Okoth Obado that had restricted him from getting 20 kilometers close to Homa Bay County.

Obado’s lawyer Kioko Kilukumi had stated that the ban had made it difficult for the Governor to perform his duties within the county.

“The 20 kilometres radius restriction essentially bars the governor from effectively serving all the people residing in Migori and makes it impracticable for him to discharge his duties as the governor. It is only fair that the terms be reviewed to allow him do his work,” remarked Kilukumi.

The judge who heard the plea, ruled that the county boss had been granted permission in order to do his work.

Obado further promised the court that he would not interfere with the witnesses if his plea was granted.

The Migori governor had however raised concern that he found it difficult to use the long route during his travel from Migori to Nairobi due to the restriction.

Obado snubs meeting attended by Raila

Last Thursday, Obado was forced to snub an event that was being attended by ODM Raila Odinga.

The embattled Governor Obado had explained that the ban was the reason to why he could not join Odinga during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Awendo Kenya Medical Training College.

“I would have wished to join Raila Odinga and the people of Awendo in the commissioning of the KMTC.

“Unfortunately, the orders given by the court in the Sharon Otieno murder case bar me from stepping into Awendo town because of its proximity to Homa Bay County,” stated Obado.

During the ruling made by Justice Jessie Lesiit in 2018, the governor had been ordered to surrender all his travel documents as part of the restriction.

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