The arrival of Migori County Governor Okoth Obado to Kisumu seemed to excite members of the public who are seeing him for the first time since his release by the High Court in October.
Mr Obado, who is facing murder charges over the killing of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and her unborn child, is among hundreds of guests who attended the launch of a universal healthcare project by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The embattled governor waved at the enthusiastic crowd who jostled to have a glimpse of him as he walked to the main dais.
Mr Obado spent more than a month at the Industrial Area remand in Nairobi following his arrest in connection with the killing of his girlfriend Sharon.
The governor had earlier signed the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) legal agreement on behalf of Migori County.
The event which took place at the LREB Secretariat at Prosperity House in Kisumu was witnessed by the LREB Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya and chief executive Abala Wanga.
Governor Obado lauded the LREB efforts while also stressing the need to improve sugarcane farmers' plight in the region.
Migori County became county number four to have passed the LREB bill that seeks to give the bloc a legal grounding.
His signing coincided with a meeting of the sugar task force which will be running for two weeks in a bid to revamp the ailing sugar industry.
Mr Obado is one of the members of the task force which was formed by Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri through the directive of the President.