Mother of Rongo University Student, Sharon Otieno whose gruesome murder roped in Migori Governor Okoth Obado has announced her entry into politics, revealing why she picked United Democratic Alliance (UDA) over Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in her political ambition.
Melida Auma who has declared her interest in the Homa-Bay Town West Ward stated that she will be hoping to clinch the UDA ticket, a party associated with Deputy President William Ruto and which enjoys little support in the region.
Explaining her decision, Auma fingered ODM for undemocratic practices, adding that UDA is more democratic and gave her a platform that she could not have gotten had she picked ODM, led by former Prime minister Raila Odinga.
She added that ODM members had made several promises to her following the murder of her daughter who was pregnant at the time, but to date none has been fulfilled.
Among the promises she cited was that ODM members had promised to pay fees for the three children left behind by her murdered daughter but to date nothing has been done on that front.
She further claimed that she picked UDA because most of the ODM members had made promises to her family before Sharon was buried, but they have never fulfilled them.
Auma also claimed that some ODM leaders even promised to help her with the murder case but they all abandoned her, and she is battling it out in court alone amid frustrations of the lengthy processes in court that as seen the matter drag for years as the family awaits justice.
“I would have wanted ODM, but it is very difficult to get a ticket there. Furthermore, leaders from ODM who had vowed to stand with us before Sharon’s burial abandoned us immediately we lowered her body into the grave,” Auma told journalists.
“These people were only after political mileage. They forgot us. They stopped picking our calls as soon as we interred our daughter’s remains.” Auma slammed.
The aspirant added that her entry into politic will see her speak for the voiceless and help her children get a better life as there is little hope in the current political leadership.
“I decided to try the MCA seat because I want a better life for my children and grandchildren. It is tough, but I will try,” Auma stated.
She received her first test last week after police rounded her up alongside 13 others for holding illegal gatherings in Homa Bay.
She was, however, later released on Ksh2000 after spending the whole weekend behind bars.
Delving into Obado’s association with DP Ruto and the murder case, Auma stated that for now she will leave it up to the courts.
“My stand on the search for justice for my daughter is still on. All suspects should argue their cases in court. My political ambitions and the legal system are two different things,” she stated.
In a murder that shook the nation, the body of the second-year Medical Records and Information student was found dumped in a thicket in Oyugis in Homa Bay in September 2018, a day after she was abducted.
It had seven stab wounds, including two under the left ear, according to chief pathologist Johansen Oduor.