Court directs police to arrest Fred Outa and Ruth Odinga

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Kisumu Senator Fred Outa with fromer Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga. PHOTO: THE STAR

A magistrate has ordered the arrest of Kisumu Senator Fred Outa and former Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga for jumping bail.

The two leaders are facing several charges after leading their supporters to disrupt a training organised by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kisumu Central in the run up to the October 26 repeat election.

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Men destroy tents of a voting centre which was scheduled to be used for a training in Kisumu. /NMG

According to the charge sheet seen by Zipo.co.ke, the duo is accused of entering an electoral centre without authority, obstructing an election officer from executing lawful duties and malicious damage to property.

Outa and Ruth Odinga who is National Super Alliance leaders Raila Odinga’s younger sister, reportedly entered Prosperity Building where the IEBC was training presiding officers in preparation for the October 26 elections, without permission.

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Their supporters disrupted a planned session and vandalised tents and plastic chairs at the town’s Huduma Centre.

The accused were to appear in court this morning for mentioning but failed to show up leaving Chief Magistrate Julius Ng’arng’ar with no option but issue an arrest warrant.

“A warrant of arrest has been issued against the two because they have gone against the orders of the court,” he said.

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