Migori Governor Okoth Obado has been dealt a huge blow after a Nairobi court declined to postpone the murder case of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.
In the case, Obado is accused of killing Sharon, whose lifeless body was found in a thicket near Oyugis, and her unborn baby.
The governor is charged alongside his personal assistant Michael Oyamo and Casper Obiero, a clerk in Migori County.
Justice Cecelia Githua dismissed the application by the three saying Justice should not be seen to be delayed.
The Nairobi court directed the prosecution team to avail
witnesses so that the hearing of the case can continue.
Barely a week ago, the Migori County chief, through his
lawyer Kioko Kilukumi, wrote to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP)
Noordin Haji requesting the postponement of the case.
According to the Lawyer, the Governor could not attend the
hearing of the case in Nairobi as expected because his county has been listed
as a Covid-19 hotspot area.
“In light of the
directions issued by the Ministry of Health on June 17 for the greater public
good and to avoid the quick spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 to the rest
of the country, my client is unable to travel outside the COVID-19 hotspot zone
(Migori county),” read Kilukumi’s letter as seen by K24 Digital.
Obado wanted the case postponed and the new hearing date set in light of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
The move was opposed by the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji who said the case should continue as scheduled.
Sharon’s parents had last week requested the ODPP’S office to fast-track the case since the matter has delayed for a long.
“We pray for quick justice because that is the only thing
that will relieve the pain and anguish of losing our firstborn child,” Douglas
Otieno, Sharon’s father, requested.
The hearing of the case was to begin in March 2020 but was
rescheduled following the scaling down of court operations due to the surge in
Sharon’s murder case hearing is scheduled for July 12.