There have been reports that Governor Obado is being given a VIP treatment in jail. The very important people in Kenya, and of course everywhere in the world, are accorded a VIP service. From what they eat, where they visit, to where they sleep, special treatment is given.
Citizen TV had reported that Migori Governor was being fed very good food at prison and also treated with dignity. The question that many are asking is whether VIPs should be treatment this way even in jail.
The government, through the prisons boss, has refuted claims that Governor Obado is being given preferential treatment in the cell. The Governor is remanded at Industrial Area Prison pending investigation on Sharon’s death. Sharon was a student at Rongo University.
On Monday October 1, the Prisons General, Isaiah Osugo released a statement to news rooms clarifying that Migori’s governor was not being treated like a VIP in jail. In his statement, the Prisons General declared categorically that Governor Okoth Obado is treated like other inmates pending his trial.
Governor Obado Treatment in Jail
Isaiah Osugo stated that, “We wish to state categorically that Hon. Obado has not been given any preferential treatment in terms of accommodation, clothing, feeding and visits which are all regulated in accordance to Prisons and Regulations”.
With regard to appearing in the court, the Prisons General stated that the Governor was permitted to wear home clothes like other suspects. He said that, “During production to court, Hon. Obado like other awaiting inmates is allowed to put on his home clothes and when back to custody put on prison uniforms as is the procedure for inmates awaiting trial”.
Further, Mr Osugo put it clear that Migori Governor was issued with a prison number upon admission at prison. Then, he was placed in the block where murder suspects reside. As provided for in the Kenya prison rules and regulations, county governors who may be accused for murder would be provided with the requirements for capital offenders. One of these requirements is a prison uniform.
The remand of Governor Obado came about because the court denied him a bail. Justice Jessie Lessit ruled that the court could not decide on the Governor’s bail before the statements from all witnesses are filed in court. Justice Lessit ruled that the Migori Governor be remanded until 8th October 2018. She declared that the Governor’s bail will be reviewed once this period is over.