Finally, after almost two months since her pregnant and badly severed corpse was found in a thicket at Kodera Forest in Oyugis, Sharon Otieno is set to be buried today.
Thousands of mourners braved the rain to receive the body of the 26 year old who came home in a brown coffin.
Her mother Melida Auma fainted after being overwhelmed by emotion as the body arrived at their homestead.
Not even the ones who had braced themselves to comfort her managed to catch her in time. She jumped several times, yelling, her body shaking in sorrow before collapsing.
Mr Douglas Otieno, Ms Otieno’s father, was composed and walked around his compound quietly. He preferred to be left alone and only shook his head when journalists approached him.
The Rongo University student’s body arrived at their Magare home at 4pm. Friends, relatives and other mourners had traveled for over 50 kilometres to Med25 International-Kenya Hospital Mortuary in Mbita constituency to pick the body.
The body was transferred from Rachuonyo Level Four Hospital in Oyugis over security concerns about a month ago.
“This is heavy for us. We will bury our daughter, but nothing will make us forget this pain. Every time I view her body and see what her killers did, it angers me. They were merciless,” he said at the mortuary.
In accordance with Luo traditions, Ms Otieno’s body was brought home for an overnight stay and will be buried at her grandfather’s homestead, next to the grave where her foetus was buried.
Mr Otieno had earlier said the decision to finally prepare for the burial was informed by the belief that their daughter will get justice.
The family had vowed not to bury Ms Otieno until her killers are brought to book. Her seven-month old foetus was buried three weeks ago.
Key suspects in the murder – Migori Governor Okoth Obado and his personal assistants Michael Oyamo and Clerk Casper Obiero – have denied murdering Sharon and her unborn child in early September.
They are still detained awaiting determination of their bail application whose hearing was set for October 24.
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