Migori Governor Okoth Obado was finally grilled by investigations sleuths over the murder of his supposed lover- Rongo University Student Sharon Otieno who was allegedly carrying his seven month old pregnancy.
Obado flew from his Nairobi home where he has been keeping his head down as protests mount for his arrest to Kisumu to face detectives who pressed him on the nature of his communication with Sharon in a session that lasted more than eight hours.
The CIDs wanted to find out how long the two had known each other, the last time he had been in contact with Sharon and if he had anything to do with the events of September 3 when she was abducted and her mutilated body discovered the following day in a thicket in Oyugis, Homa Bay.
Police told the governor they believed or suspected his relationship with Sharon was the reason she was murdered and if he was the father of the foetus that suffered a stab.
Obado, who was accompanied by his lawyers Cliff Ombeta and Roger Sagana, flatly denied knowledge of the murder and the preceding drama that reportedly had begun with the governor’s personal assistant, Michael Oyamo, calling Sharon and Barrack Oduor, a journalist, to a meeting to resolve the pregnancy issue.
During the interrogation at the Kisumu Central Police Station from 10am to 6pm, the governor reportedly told police the claims were “strange and political in nature”.
He, however, admitted he knew Sharon and that the nature of their relationship was known in the public domain.
Obado also complied with a request to provide a DNA sample. Detectives from the homicide unit intend to compare the samples with those from the unborn child according to reports by the Standard.
The detectives also asked Obado to reveal when he last talked to Sharon, Oduor and Oyamo and what they spoke about.
This information will be compared to call logs of all the people under investigation that is in their possession.
Journalsit Barrack Oduor, too, was summoned to Kisumu, where he was grilled for hours before being led into a separate car that was parked outside the DCI offices. Officials said he may be freed. Officials indicated the case would be prosecuted in Nairobi or any other far-flung station for fear of witness interference and the suspects’ general safety considering the heightened tension in Homa Bay and Migori.
Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji sent the head of murder division in his office Tom Imbali to guide investigators.
Obado and Oduor will appear before DCI headquarters today Wednesday for further grilling.
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