Ongoing investigations into the brutal and gory murder of university student Sharon Otieno has brought to light a lot of issues.
Sharon was killed, her body slashed open and now there is evidence that she was raped.
Nyanza Regional Criminal Investigations Coordinator Michael Barasa said Homabay governor Okoth Obado was a “person of interest” to the detectives pursuing the case.
“We have already handed over the case to the investigating team from Nairobi, but the governor is an obvious person of interest to the investigators.”
Adding, “We shall reach a stage where we shall summon him to come and tell us what he knows about the whole saga, his communication with the girl and what he knows about her,” Barasa told the People Daily without divulging further details.
Obado’s personal assistant Michael Oyamo has been arrested as the police conduct further investigations.
Police in Homabay county had asked the court for 14 days to detain the suspect but were instead granted three days.
“I notify this court of the arrest and due to technicalities involved in the investigations, I pray to the court that he be detained at HomaBay Police Station for 14 days to enable us complete the investigations,” said Hassan Siyad, an officer at the DCI.
Now, investigations have led to text messages that Sharon Otieno sent to the governor minutes before she was murdered.
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According to People Daily, detectives claim that Sharon may have sent two texts messages to Obado and Oyamo shortly after 8pm asking:
“What is happening? We have been left in the hands of strangers who are very rough.”
Immediately after sending the text, Sharon’s phone was reportedly switched off. Detectives have not been able to recover it since.
Sharon and Nation Media Group journalist Barack Oduor were kidnapped moments after being lured out of Graca Hotel in Rongo around 7.35pm by Oyamo.