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Court rejects Obado’s application

Things are not looking up for Migori Governor Okoth Obado after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Court dismissed his application. The Migori Governor had made an application to court seeking to have the number of graft charges against him reduced.

Lawrence Mugambi, the presiding magistrate in the matter, said that Obado had failed to prove the basis of his application. Therefore, the couyrt could not compel the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji to reduce the charges against him.

“I find that Obado’s application has no merit, and I, therefore, reject and the case to proceed as per charges against him,” Justice Mugambi ruled.

The magistrate also said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had already produced evidence against Obado and his family.

In the application, Obado had alleged that the prosecutor had overloaded his charge sheet. The Governor is charged with 22 counts of subverting various sections of the EACC. Some of the charges include; money laundering, unlawful acquisition of property, and conspiracy to commit a crime.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) submitted to court that his office had produced evidence of all the charges on Obado’s charge sheet. Therefore, he asked court to dismiss the application. The court dismissed Obado’s  application yesterday.

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