SOFIA ESTATE EVICTIONS

Court suspends arrest warrant order against Ogwe

Homa Bay county secretary accused of defying a court order issued on September 20, 2018.

In Summary

• Philip Owuo sued the county government of Homa Bay on behalf of others who were affected by the eviction order.

• Maloba directed that the application be heard inter-partes on August 10, 2021.

A Nyada Ralek elder gives Homa Bay county secretary Isaiah Ogwe a spear and a shield at Kabunde in Homa Bay town on March 6, 2021
A Nyada Ralek elder gives Homa Bay county secretary Isaiah Ogwe a spear and a shield at Kabunde in Homa Bay town on March 6, 2021
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

The court has suspended a warrant arrest order against Homa Bay county secretary Isaiah Ogwe.

The warrant of arrest was issued by principal magistrate Tom Olando on July 8, 2021, over contempt of court.

The order was suspended by Homa Bay principal magistrate Ruth Maloba.

“The orders given on June 15, 2021 and issued on July 8, 2021, are hereby suspended,” she ruled.

Maloba directed that the application be heard inter-parties on August 10, 2021.

While issuing the warrant, Olando directed the police to arrest the county secretary over failure to comply with a court order.

“Homa Bay county police commander is hereby directed to arrest the county secretary and commit him to civil jail,” Olando ordered.

Ogwe is accused of defying a court order issued on September 20, 2018.

This follows a case in which some Homa Bay residents went to court to challenge the county government’s directive to move out of Sofia estate.

The interim injunction issued by the then Homa Bay principal magistrate Susan Ndegwa, was meant to deter the county government from evicting traders from Sofia estate in September 2018.

The Homa Bay government wanted the traders to pave the way for construction of Homa Bay County Stadium, which is ongoing.

In his orders, Olando argued that Ogwe is the responsible officer of the county government for defying the order.

“The matter will be mentioned on August 10, 2021, to confirm compliance with the above order,” Olando wrote.

In the case, two Homa Bay residents, John Owino and Philip Owuo, sued the county government of Homa Bay on behalf of other people who were affected by the eviction.

Homa Bay Bunge la Wenye Nchi, its speaker Walter Opiyo, treasurer Antony Tindi and secretary Daniel Akoth were listed as the first, second, third and fourth interested parties.