Arrest warrants against Odinga and Outa dismissed
A Kisumu court has lifted arrest warrants issued against Former Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga and Senator Fred Outa.
The warrants were lifted after the two politicians appeared before the court for a mention of a case in which they faced several charges including disrupting an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission training session and causing malicious damage to property.
Chief Magistrate Julius Ng’arng’ar had issued the warrants of arrest after Ms. Odinga and Mr. Outa skipped court on Monday when the case mention was initially meant to proceed.
The former deputy governor claimed that she had been unable to attend court because she had been hospitalised, and presented a medical card as proof. The Senator said that he had missed his flight on Monday while travelling to Kisumu.
In suspending the warrants, Chief Magistrate Ng’arng’ar directed the politicians to take the case seriously and to always be present before the court whenever the matter is being heard.
The duo had appeared before the court on October 23 and had been released on a bond of Sh.500,000 each without surety, with the Chief Magistrate saying; “There is no need for surety, because they are known and are required to follow the law.”
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