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Obado vows to lift Migori's fortunes

18 July 2014, 09:22 William Korir

Nairobi - Newly re-instated Migori Governor Zachary Okoth Obado says he will work to ensure the people of his County do not regret his time in office.

Obado will complete his term in office after the Supreme Court threw out a case in which his election to office in March 2013 was disputed, Thursday.

The ruling ended a ten month heartache for the quiet but diverse Obado who has understandably had to focus more on his court battles than his mandate in office during the time.

And speaking after the Supreme Court gave him the go ahead to be boss for the rest of his term, he had a message for the people of Migori.

" I want to tell them that I am proud to be Governor of Migori and that now I will do my very best to develop the County and their lives, he said.

" It has been a long court battle but thanks to their support and prayers we are over it and now we can look ahead, he added.

He had kind words for his rival Edward Oyugi with whom he has had the longstanding battle for supremacy, offering to bank his ideas if provided.

" He is a good, strong man and I understand the situation he was in because it was a very close election last year.

" That said, we must put it behind us now and move on together. I will be open to suggestions on how to improve the County and he is welcome to put in some input as are all other persons of interest, he offered.

In their ruling, the Supreme Court judges faulted the Appeal Court for failing to consider facts in the petition and overstepping its mandate in reviewing new evidence.

" We have made the following findings; that the judgment of the Court of Appeal annulling the election of Zachariah Okoth Obado as Governor for Migori County is hereby set aside.

" For avoidance of doubt, declaration of the result of the election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in respect of the seat of Governor of Migori County is hereby restored.

The Appeal Court had ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to hold a by-election in Migori, a stance that had immediately been refuted by Obado who went to the Supreme Court for interpretation.

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