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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.

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“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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Increasing suicide cases shake Kirinyaga

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Three people died by suicide in Kirinyaga County on Tuesday, raising concerns among national government officials.

The body of 34-year-old Stephen Kinyua was found hanging from a tree in Kiaragana village while that of John Maina was found inside a house in Riakiania.

At Thumaita village, residents were shocked when they stumbled upon Peter Kinyua’s body hanging from a tree.

They reported the matter at Kianyaga Police Station.

The three, from different villages, did not leave suicide notes to explain their actions.

Their bodies were taken to Kerugoya Referral Hospital mortuary.

Ndia Deputy County Commissioner Mr Moses Ivuto said cases of suicide were on the rise in the region.

“They are reported on daily basis. We are concerned,” Mr Ivuto said, citing domestic feuds and drug abuse.

“When men quarrel with their spouses and abuse drugs, they kill themselves.”

He called on local church leaders to intervene.

“Church leaders should embark on aggressive counselling of residents, men in particular, so that we do not continue losing more lives this way,” he said.

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US cancer survivor swims across English Channel

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An American breast cancer survivor on Tuesday became the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop in a 54-hour feat of endurance.

Sarah Thomas, 37, an open water marathon swimmer from the US state of Colorado, could be seen in a video posted on Facebook arriving at Dover on the southern English coast with a group of supporters cheering her on.

“I feel a little sick,” she is heard saying following the herculean effort, which reportedly saw her cover close to 130 miles (209 kilometres) due to strong tides.

Only four swimmers have previously completed the approximately 21-mile Channel crossing between Britain and France three times without stopping.

“I just can’t believe we did it,” Thomas told the BBC.

“I’m really just pretty numb. There was a lot of people on the beach to meet me and wish me well and it was really nice of them, but I feel just mostly stunned.”

Thomas said the hardest part was dealing with the salt water, which left her throat and mouth sore, while she also got stung in the face by a jellyfish.

The athlete relied on a protein recovery drink mixed with electrolytes and caffeine – which was tied to a rope and thrown to her every 30 minutes – to complete the feat, according to her mother.

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Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh wrote on Twitter that her achievement was “extraordinary, amazing, super-human”.

“Just when we think we’ve reached the limit of human endurance, someone shatters the records,” he wrote.

In a post on Saturday before setting off, Thomas wrote: “This swim is dedicated to all the survivors out there.

“This is for those of us who have prayed for our lives, who have wondered with despair about what comes next, and have battled through pain and fear to overcome,” she wrote.

The marathon swimmer received the cancer diagnosis four months after an unprecedented August 2017 non-stop solo swim of 104.6 miles in Lake Champlain on the US-Canada border.

She underwent treatment for the aggressive form of breast cancer – which had already begun spreading to the lymph nodes under one of her arms – in the summer of 2018, according to a fundraising website for a documentary about her achievements.

“I was at the peak of my athletic accomplishments… and then I got diagnosed with cancer,” Thomas said in a video posted on the Kickstarter website.

“It’s part of who I am now, part of my story. I just hope it never comes back but if it does, to know that I did everything I wanted to do in life.”

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In the video Thomas, who finished her first open-water event in 2007 and had previously made two Channel swims in 2012 and 2016, said swimming across the Dover Strait had been a lifelong dream and “just as hard as climbing Mount Everest”.

“When you’re a kid you just dream of swimming the English Channel.”

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Survey ranks Kenya 7th ‘most dangerous’ country to live in

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A new survey done by InterNations, a global community and information site for people who live and work abroad and published by Forbes, has ranked Kenya the 7th ‘most dangerous’ country to live in, in the world.

The results are part of InterNations’s latest Exparts Insider Survey, a comprehensive report on what it’s like to live and work abroad in 64 countries around the world.

For the 2019 survey, InterNations polled 20,259 expats representing 182 nationalities and living in 187 countries or territories, covering topics such as quality of life, cost of living, personal finance and more.

According to the report, Nairobi is a more dangerous place to live in compared to Mogadishu, Syria, Tripoli, Baghdad, Bujumbura and Kabul in Afghanistan.

Majority of respondents complained that Kenyan streets feel unsafe and they cannot go out for walks freely as they wish as one has to be vigilant.

A Danish expat, according to Forbes, complained that walking around Kenyan streets is a ‘No’ for them and that they have to drive or be driven everywhere.

Another expert from Croatian said that foreigners in Kenya are easily conned, if not robbed as there already exists a notion among Kenyans that foreigners are wealthy.

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Police officers demanding bribe on non-existing charges was also mentioned as another contributor that has Kenya ranking so high on the most dangerous places to live.

“The roads are in an awful state, traffic is just terrible, and the city is dirty!” another expat said.

Brazil was ranked as the most dangerous country, with South Africa, which has recently been rocked by xenophobic attacks, coming second.

Nigeria was third while Peru came in fourth, India was fifth followed by Turkey and Argentina in that order.

Egypt, at position eight, is considered unsafe because of political instability while the Dominican Republic, at position nine, lacks security according to expats.

Colombia was ranked 10th with expats complaining of cases of robbery and personal safety.

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