A seven months pregnant university student, Sharon Otieno, who was abducted together with Daily Nation journalist, Barrack Oduor, last Monday was found dead on Tuesday in Kenya.
The 26-year-old second year Medical Records and Information student at Rongo University, was known for a flashy lifestyle and powerful connections.
A postmortem examination on late Sharon’s body carried out on Friday revealed that she was strangled, stabbed eight times and raped by her assailants. She was stabbed four times at the back, three times on the neck and once on the left side of her abdomen. Her unborn baby was also stabbed.
Government Chief Pathologist Johansen Oduor established that there were elements of rape surrounding her death. Used condoms were also found around where her body was discovered.
One Geoffrey took to Facebook to celebrate her death, saying that sponsors (sugar daddies) should continue to kill women who sleep with married men.
“R. I. P is not enough. Sponsors will continue killing this useless women who want to sleep with married men forgetting that men of their age also deserve a chance to open their legs and start hustle together. This is a, lesson. Meanwhile sponsors will kill you all.
Obado’s wife is rejoicing whenever she is for the devil who has been giving her sleepless nights is no more.” he wrote.
The mutilated body of Sharon Otieno was found hours after she was kidnapped. She was found with stab wounds in Kodero Forest, Homa Bay County. Police spokesperson, Michael Baraza said the body was preserved at the Oyugis Four Hospital in Oyugis Town.
Sharon and Oduor were kidnapped moments after being lured out of Graca Hotel by Governor Okoth Obado’s Personal Assistant Michael Oyamo.
Mr Oduor and Sharon were led to a dusk meeting in Graca Hotel in Rongo by Mr Oyamo. Later they boarded a vehicle with Oyamo, with the reporter thinking he was being led to a news source in Rodi Kopany, which is a considerable distance from Rongo.
When they were joined on the way by strange men, who entered the car and sandwiched Oduor and Sharon at the back, the newsman became suspicious. He broke away and jumped out of the moving vehicle as the men tried to strangle him and Sharon, while the vehicle headed towards Kisumu.
Oyamo was arrested on Tuesday and taken to Homa Bay for questioning over the incident that left Oduor seriously injured. He was whisked away from Kisumu Airport, where he and the governor were waiting for a flight to Nairobi for onward travel to Rwanda
The journalist said he escaped death by a whisker after he jumped out of the kidnappers’ speeding car at Nyangweso market on Homa Bay-Kisumu road.
He was meeting Oyamo to discuss a case in which Sharon had said a politician impregnated her and refused to take responsibility.
Sharon’s grief-stricken father Douglas Zachary Otieno, who saw the body at Rachuonyo sub-county hospital mortuary, said Sharon appeared to have been tortured before being killed.
“They slashed her all over and stabbed her womb, clearly to kill the unborn baby she had been carrying for seven months. She had severe burns from the waist to her legs. Her neck had been broken and she had several stab wounds on her back. My daughter and her baby died a painful death,” said Mr Otieno, fighting back tears.
He said Sharon’s legs seemed to have been burnt with acid.
Mr Otieno learnt of his daughter’s death through a phone call from a man who identified himself as a policeman. He was told to rush to the thicket, about 60kms from his home in Kanyada, Homa Bay, to identify a body.
Yesterday, the Head of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti dispatched homicide detectives to the two counties, while the Government promised to track down Sharon’s killers. It has emerged that Sharon had been promised a Sh20 million house in a leafy Nairobi suburb and lucrative tenders by the man with whom she fell out over the pregnancy.
In WhatsApp chat messages exchanged with her university classmates, Sharon had talked of having been promised a house at Lavington last April, Standard Media reports.
She was also to get lucrative tenders with a county government, according to the messages.
Sharon’s friends who spoke to The Standard said although she did not say much about her love life, she lived a lavish life.
Grief-stricken villagers and family members thronged the home of her parents at Magare, a few kilometres from Homa Bay town, last evening. Her mother, Melinda Auma, wept uncontrollably, shouting the name of a prominent politician, who she said was behind her daughter’s death.
Melinda, a teacher at Rabango Primary School in Rangwe sub-county, said she knew her daughter was a friend of Mr Obado, and that the girl had briefed her about the relationship.
Mr Obado could not be reached for comment, as his phones were off. The day before, however, his spokesman Nicholas Anyuor distanced him from the kidnap saga after Oyamo was arrested.
“The governor was not aware of the kidnap plan. His name should not be dragged into such criminal schemes,” Mr Anyuor told Nation.
Sharon’s mother fought back tears as she told journalists that her daughter told her she was under pressure to terminate the pregnancy.
“I told her not to do so because it was already fully grown,” she said, adding that Sharon’s refusal to abort the baby was the cause of disagreement with her boyfriend.
Melinda realised her daughter’s life was in danger after she began changing mobile phones to avoid being tracked.
“I came to realise that my daughter was securing mobile phone lines and changing them repeatedly. When I asked why, she said her life was in danger because of the abortion issue,” said Melinda.
On Monday evening, when Sharon was abducted in Rongo town, she called her mother. She reportedly hinted to her mother that she was headed to Rongo to meet Oyamo briefly and would return home later. What surprised Melinda was that she was able to reach Sharon between 5pm when she left home and 7.30pm, when she was still in Rongo.
Her attempts to reach her daughter at 8pm, however, were futile, as Sharon’s phone was off.
“Sharon had never been away from home beyond 8pm,” said Melinda.
Yesterday, police in Homa Bay were still holding Oyamo. There were reports that he was due to be transferred to either Kisumu or Nairobi for further interrogation.
Mr Kinoti said detectives would crack the murder case in three days and probe the attempted murder of Oduor.
ODM leader Raila Odinga condemned the student’s killing.
“We want to condemn this act of thuggery in the strongest terms possible. We want to see arrest and conviction of the perpetrators as fast as possible”