By MN Reporter
The corruption and economic crime case against Migori governor Okoth Obado, his children and a cabal of cronies has been pushed to next year over pregnancies, the Star has reported.
The Sh73.4million graft case against Obado, his four children and 13 others was adjourned from earlier this month to February next year after one of the suspects, Carolyne Anyango went into labour during a court hearing and later gave birth. She was unable to continue with hearing.
Last month, anti-Corruption chief magistrate Lawrence Mugambi excused the mother of the newborn when she developed labour pains during the court proceedings.
During the court process it forced Anyango’s lawyer George Kithi to to allow her to be rushed to hospital after she developed labour pains and was rushed away in a private vehicles.
“I congratulate the accused for giving birth since a child is a blessing and the mother should be indulged by the court to nurture the newborn,” the magistrate said.
Obado’s two daughters Scarlet and Evelyne also proved they were pregnant as they presented to court medical records from Migori Referral Hospital showing one expected to deliver on or before February 5. .
The suspects urged court to conduct virtual hearings to accommodate the new mother and Obado’s expectant daughters, a request that was flatly held until a direction of Obado’s daughters being examined at Kenyatta National Hospital is filed in court within a month.
The magistrate also directed the new examination to be conducted on Obado’s two daughters in conjunction with the office of DPP and EACC.
Mugambi further ordered that the trial against all the suspects start afresh on February 28 next year.
This is after the new charges that were levelled against the accused persons over defrauding the county government a total of Sh505.6 million.