Court is­sues ar­rest war­rant for Kisumu se­na­tor, Ruth Odinga

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Rushdie Ou­dia­tion­

A mag­is­trate has or­dered the ar­rest of Kisumu Se­na­tor Fred Outa and for­mer deputy gov­er­nor Ruth Odinga for fail­ing to ap­pear in court.

The two lead­ers are fac­ing sev­eral charges stem­ming from dis­rup­tion of a train­ing or­gan­ised by the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion (IEBC) in Kisumu Cen­tral.

Some of the charges they are fac­ing are en­ter­ing in an elec­toral cen­tre with­out au­thor­ity, ob­struct­ing an elec­tion of­fi­cer from ex­e­cut­ing law­ful du­ties and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty.

Mr Outa and Ms Odinga were ac­cused of en­ter­ing Pros­per­ity Build­ing where the IEBC was train­ing pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers in prepa­ra­tion for the Oc­to­ber 26 re­peat pres­i­den­tial elec­tion with­out per­mis­sion. Youths dis­rupted a planned ses­sion and van­dalised tents and plas­tic chairs at the town’s Huduma Cen­tre.

The ac­cused were set to ap­pear in court yes­ter­day morn­ing for men­tion­ing but failed to show up. “A war­rant of ar­rest has been is­sued against the two be­cause they have gone against the or­ders of the court,” said chief mag­is­trate Julius Ng’arng’ar.

On Oc­to­ber 23, the two were ar­raigned be­fore the court for al­legedly at­tack­ing the IEBC of­fi­cials. They were re­leased on Sh500,000 per­sonal bond each, but with­out surety.

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