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Sharon’s parents speak of life after daughter’s killing

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A huge mound of soil marks Sharon Otieno’s grave. Some weeds have, however, started growing and flowers placed on it during her burial about three months ago are now long withered.

Besides this grave is that of her seven-month-old foetus, which is overgrown with grass and weeds, four months after it was interred.

Sharon’s family says reality is now sinking in, and the grave is a constant reminder that she will never be back.

Sharon, a Rongo University student, was killed in a most gruesome manner, her death shaking the nation because of the high-profile persons suspected to have been involved.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado was charged with the murder of Ms Otieno and was released on a Sh5 million bail by High Court Judge Jessie Lesiit.

His co-accused, Michael Oyamo and Caspal Obiero – who are his personal aides – were, however, denied bail.

Mr Obado admitted that the slain university student was his girlfriend, but denied any role in her murder. Government scientists confirmed that the baby boy Ms Otieno was carrying was Obado’s.

Sharon was stabbed eight times while seven months pregnant. A postmortem report indicated that the fatal blow to the foetus was a single knife stab through the 26- year-old’s abdomen.

READ ALSO:   Governor Obado parades wife as he denies role in Sharon’s murder

“There are 99.99+pc chances that Zacharia Okoth Obado is the biological father of the donor of the DNA generated from the foetus, that is Sharon Belyne Otieno’s child,” the detectives said.

For about two months before her burial, her name remained on many Kenyans’ lips, but this died down soon after her remains were interred at her grandfather’s homestead in Magare village, Homa Bay County.

Ms Melinda Auma and Douglas Otieno, Sharon’s parents, are worried that their daughter’s macabre death could just be forgotten so easily.

Ms Auma has since developed high blood pressure, effects of not being able to withstand painful memories of her first-born child.

“My daughter’s death should not be in vain. It aches our hearts that things suddenly went silent, but we hope justice will finally be done and her killers will be made to pay for their sins,” says Ms Auma.

She criticises Mr Obado for asking Kenyans to pray for him.

“Who is praying for us especially Sharon’s orphaned children? Shouldn’t he be prayed for long after us? Our spirits are still very low and we are left to wonder why he did not call for prayers for a girl he claimed to have loved,” said Ms Auma.

Mr Obado (Left) and Ms Otieno (Right). PHOTO FILE

Mr Obado had in November asked Christians across the country to pray for him, saying it is like he is walking on fire.

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The Migori county chief further said it is like he had been thrown inside a crocodile’s mouth.

Speaking at Nyabururu Catholic parish in Kisii County during a funds drive in November, Mr Obado said the prayers would help remove him “from the crocodile’s mouth”.

The governor has, however, reduced the talk after he was re-arrested in connection with guns found in his Migori and Nairobi homes.

Sharon’s father says her first born child’s death still puzzles him.

“I usually wake up early at times at 4 am to visit her grave. It satisfies me to know she and her baby lie beneath the soil,” said Mr Otieno.

But his wife has not visited the grave site after the burial of her daughter as it pains her to see it.

Ms Otieno and Mr Oduor were kidnapped but the journalist managed to jump out of the abductors’ moving car, suffering serious injuries.

Sharon left behind three children, with the last-born in Standard Six.

The family says it has been receiving strange visitors who think they were given money by well-wishers.

“We wish to tell Kenyans that we do not have any money with us and those visiting us with ill-motives should stop it,” said Ms Auma, who added that some conmen had already made away with over Sh40,000.

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Uhuru, Ruto on lunch date a day after controversial appointment of Matiang’i

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, on Wednesday, shut down dispute rumours with a lunch date in Mombasa.

Uhuru hosted Ruto for a Swahili lunch merely a day after he re-organized his cabinet seemingly trimming down responsibilities for his deputy.

The meeting was reportedly a closed door one in which the two intended to discuss the President’s recent appointments that sparked talks all across the country.

On Tuesday, Uhuru appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as the new chairman for National Development Implementation Technical Committee.

 

Matiang’i, a brash go-getter, was tasked with supervising all state projects including the all-important Big 4 Agenda.

As the Chairperson, Matiang’i will also answer directly to President Uhuru.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Mombasa residents shortly after the meeting

This prompted several leaders to react to the changes including Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, a close ally of Ruto, who sarcastically congratulated Uhuru on his move.

 

 

“Congratulations to President Uhuru for the Exec Order 1 of 2019 and to my friends CSs Matiang’i and Henry Rotich for the additional responsibilities.

“We look forward to a more co-ordinated service delivery and greater accountability to the people of Kenya. God bless you William Ruto,” posted Murkomen.

READ ALSO:   DNA results out! Okoth Obado is father of Sharon's baby

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PHOTOS: See what Ruto and Uhuru did just a day after cabinet shakeup

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Deputy President William Ruto for a Swahili lunch date in Mombasa.

This is a day after announcing a cabinet re-organization that diluted the influence of Mr Ruto.

The president had on Tuesday issued Executive Order No 1 2019 that named Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i as chairman of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee.

Dr Matiang’i’s  super role of providing ‘supervisory leadership” in national government programmes and projects has been seen as the president’s effort to remove his deputy from the inspection and management of key government projects.

Deputy President William Ruto is driven away after his lunch date with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to his supporters after having lunch at Barka restaurant in Mombasa

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to his supporters after having lunch at Barka restaurant in Mombasa

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Massive jigger infestation turns widow’s life into hell

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Jelia Makomba, an 80-year-old granny who was once a strong woman who could run her errands unhindered is battling a massive jigger infestation on her feet that has grounded her.

According to her elder son James Abina Kabinga, the family has given up, deeming her problem mysterious and incurable.

Makomba who comes hails from Bochiroche village, North Mugirango in Nyamira county, is currently at Nyamira County Referral Hospital where she was dumped by well-wishers,

Villager Joel Ondieki says the community disowned the octogenarian and no one wanted to be associated with her.

Nyamira Level Five Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Samuel Ombati confirms Makomba’s condition which was caused by jigger infestation is manageable.

 

Area County Health executive Douglas Bosire says about 2,000 homesteads are affected by the parasites.

Source: People Daily

READ ALSO:   DNA results out! Okoth Obado is father of Sharon's baby
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