Migori Governor Okoth Obado has sought to postpone Sharon Otieno’s murder case which is set for mention on Monday, July 5, 2021.
The Migori Governor’s request to postpone the case has sparked reactions with Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji saying that the prosecution will strongly oppose any delay tactics.
It is three years since the murder of Sharon Otieno, a 26-year-old Rongo University student, sent shocking waves across the country in September 2018.
Obado who is a key suspect in the case, in a letter dated June 28, 2021 through his lawyer, sought postponement of the trial of the case.
“My client is unable to travel outside the COVID-19 hotspot zone. Accordingly, we request the case be mentioned virtually on Monday, the 5th July 2021 for the purpose of fixing fresh hearing dates, hopefully at a time when the threat of COVID–19 has substantially subsided,” the letter reads in part.
However, DPP Haji said his office will strongly oppose any further adjournment of the case.
“In relation to Obado’s plea we are going to strongly oppose it is evident that the individuals have been involved in many activities that do not support their assertions of COVID-19,” Haji stated.
The DPP further maintained that the murder trial is a pivotal stage and has to proceed in the interest of justice, hence rubbishing Obado’s application made through his attorney Kioko Kilukumi.
“This issue of Obado seeking adjournment has been one of the tactics by most of the defence counsels who see the value in delaying justice and hearings, as ODPP we are going to stamp our authority and argue very passionately against it,” Haji said.
The hearing of the case was initially set to start in March last year but was adjourned upon the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The DPP is keen to see the trial of Governor Obado and his co-accused Casper Obiero and Michael Juma Oyamo proceed and has lined up 37 witnesses who will testify against the governor and his co-accused.
Sharon disappeared on September 3, 2018 and was found brutally murdered two days later, her mutilated body was found dumped near Kodera forest in Rachuonyo in Homa Bay County.