In Summary
  • Ms Otieno and Daily Nation Homa Bay correspondent Barrack Oduor were abducted on the morning of Monday, September 3.
  • The body of the second-year medical records and information student at Rongo University was found in a thicket in Oyugis on Wednesday.
  • On the day of her abduction, Ms Otieno was to meet Mr Oduor and Mr Oyamo at Rodi Kopany shopping centre, about 10 kilometres from her home.

Sharon Otieno was killed in a knife attack of such astounding brutality — even the unborn child in her womb suffered stab wounds which likely killed it, according to police officers on the investigation.

And so audacious was the slaughter of the seven-months pregnant university student that law enforcement bosses in Nairobi have taken a personal interest in the investigation, with the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti leading it and Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor taking charge of the science.

Ms Otieno and Daily Nation Homa Bay correspondent Barrack Oduor were abducted on the morning of Monday, September 3.

Ms Otieno, 26, had planned to meet Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s personal assistant Michael Oyamo “as usual” and later return home safely to her parents.

The body of the second-year medical records and information student at Rongo University was found in a thicket in Oyugis, Homa Bay County, on Wednesday.

RODI KOPANY

On the day of her abduction, Ms Otieno was to meet Mr Oduor and Mr Oyamo at Rodi Kopany shopping centre, about 10 kilometres from her home.

Mr Oyamo’s agenda, according to Mr Oduor and Ms Otieno’s relatives, was to deliver a response regarding an alleged affair Ms Otieno had been having.

On Monday, in the company of Mr Oduor, she set out to meet Mr Oyamo — now in police custody — at Rodi Kopany but the venue of the meeting was changed to Rongo, 30 kilometres away, where they gathered at Graca Hotel a few minutes past 6pm.

According to Mr Oduor, Mr Oyamo called Ms Otieno and asked whether she was with the journalist before proposing change of venue one more time.

“At half past seven in the evening, Mr Oyamo arrived at Graca Hotel, where he visited a toilet and returned with a suggestion that we move if he was to disclose any meaningful information from Mr Obado. At this time I felt uneasy and asked Sharon whether it was right to leave but since she had in the past met Mr Oyamo, we did not imagine he would be part of people (intending) to harm us,” Mr Oduor recalled.

WAITING CAR

He said they left the hotel and Mr Oyamo ushered them into a waiting car which had a driver and another occupant in the co-driver’s seat.

“We got into the dark car and Mr Oyamo, Sharon and I sat at the back. We then left, but after about two minutes, the car stopped on the roadside and Mr Oyamo, who seemed to be infuriated, questioned the driver why some two men standing on the roadside had not gone ‘where we sent them.”

‘They sandwiched us’

Ms Melida Auma (centre), the mother of Sharon Otieno, is comforted by relatives at their home in Magare village, Homa Bay County on September 5, 2018. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Oduor said that, at that juncture, Mr Oyamo alighted and the two men hurriedly boarded the car — one sitting on the left side of the back seat and the other on the right side.

“They sandwiched us. I and Sharon sat close to each other and the driver sped off. We tried to ask why Mr Oyamo had been left behind but the four unfamiliar occupants ranted at us and ordered us to give them our mobile phones and other personal effects,” added Mr Oduor.

SHARON STARTED CRYING

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